Hilton hotel in Texas cancels Palestinian group’s conference citing security

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A prominent Palestinian rights organization said a conference it planned for later this month was canceled by a Hilton hotel in Texas where it was scheduled to host the event.

The US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) annual conference was planned for 27.-29. October at the Hilton Houston Post Oak at the Galleria in Houston. The keynote speaker is called Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat from Michigan.

Ahmad Abuznaid, USCPR’s Executive Director, said in a statement issued on X that Hilton’s decision to cancel the conference violates the group’s First Amendment rights and is “clearly an act of ethnic, racial and religious discrimination.”

“Hilton has not only broken their agreement with us, they have also sent a strong message that they stand on the side of hate and bigotry and hatred,” Abuznaid said.

Hilton confirmed it canceled the event, saying in an email sent to CBS MoneyWatch that “the safety and security of our team members and guests is our top priority.” It cited “escalating security concerns.”

It added, “Hilton Houston Post Oak at the Galleria serves as a place of public accommodation and does not endorse the views of third-party groups or organizations.”

The Hilton cancellation comes amid the war between Israel and Hamas, an armed Palestinian militant group. Tensions in the United States has flared up amid the deadly conflict, including crimes committed against both Jewish and Muslim communities.

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