Palestinian American filed the lawsuit after city of Houston required his company to sign a pledge not to boycott Israel.
By Middle East Eye staff | Jan 29, 2022
‘The Court does find that Hassouna authentically holds a pro-Palestinian point of view that is protected by the First Amendment’
— US District Judge, Andrew S Hanen
A United States federal court has blocked the state of Texas from enforcing its anti-boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) law against a Palestinian-American contractor who refused to sign a pledge not to boycott Israel.
Rasmy Hassouna, an engineer and executive vice president of the Palestinian-owned A&R Engineering and Testing Inc, filed the lawsuit in November challenging a Texas law that bars the state from doing business with companies participating in the BDS movement against Israel.
The firm said in its complaint filed in a Houston federal court that the law violates its First Amendment right to participate in economic boycotts as a form of protest.
On Friday, US District Judge Andrew S Hanen granted an injunction that blocks Texas from enforcing the anti-boycott law against Hassouna.