Monday, September 3, 2007

Up in smoke

by Kelly Jane Torrance from The Washington Times

A few weeks ago, the British publisher agreed to burn all unsold copies of the book after it received a letter threatening legal action from Saudi billionaire Khalid bin Mahfouz. In their book, Mr. Burr and Mr. Collins allege that the former head of the National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia funded Hamas and al Qaeda ... Perhaps there's a reason big papers like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post haven't mentioned the "Alms for Jihad" case: All three have settled with Mr. Mahfouz in the past. Mr. Mahfouz may have won the first round, but the battle is not over. Cambridge sent a letter to about 300 libraries worldwide, asking them to remove "Alms for Jihad" from their shelves. "They're pretty mad," says Mr. Collins of the librarians from whom he's heard. "One in Alaska said she's putting up a big exhibition of banned books."

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