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Gov. Greg Abbott cheers Hilton's decision to cancel Palestinian conference in Houston

Gov. Greg Abbott is praising a Hilton hotel property in Houston for pulling the plug on hosting a planned conference this month by the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, saying no Texas venue should host the organization in the wake of the Hamas attacks on Israel.

"Hilton Hotels in Houston was correct to pull the plug on the U.S. Campaign for Palestine Rights event hosted by Hamas supporters," Abbott, a three-term Republican, said on social media Tuesday evening. "Texas has no room for hate & antisemitism like that supported by Hamas. No location in Texas should host or sponsor USCPR."

The internationally known chain's property, the Hilton Post Oak by the Galleria, cited "escalating security concerns in the current environment" as the reason for canceling the three-day event that was to start Oct. 27.

"The hotel has determined that it cannot serve as the venue for this event because of the potential risks to our Team Members and guests," Hilton said in a statement. "Our priority is and will remain the safety and security of ..."