Saturday, August 04, 2007

Storm Track Intimidation: Silencing Criticism of Terrorist Support

So you think destroying books is just an old Nazi tactic. Well, guess again. It’s happening today in England.

Cambridge University Press has agreed to destroy all unsold copies of a 2006 book by two American authors, "Alms for Jihad," following a libel action brought against it in England, the latest development in what critics say is an effort by Saudis to quash discussion of their alleged role in aiding terrorism.

In a letter of apology to a wealthy Saudi businessman, Sheikh Khalid Bin Mahfouz, Cambridge University Press acknowledged that allegations made in the book about his family, businesses, and charities were "entirely and manifestly false." The publisher wrote, "Please accept our sincere apologies for the distress and embarrassment this has caused."

The press also published a separate apology on its web site (http://www.cambridge.org/about/apology.htm), and wrote that it would pay substantial damages and contribute to legal costs. A press release by Sheikh Mahfouz's London-based law firm, Kendall Freeman, said Cambridge University Press was also writing to over 200 libraries around the world asking them to withdraw the book from shelves. The total press run was about 1,500 copies.


Can you believe it? You are actually seeing a textbook – excuse the pun – example of dhimmitude. Imagine, apologizing to Saudi Arabia for the exercise of free speech instead of telling these bums to hit the road, Jack.

The British Lion – once feared and respected throughout the world – has been emasculated once again.

The director of the Middle East Forum, Daniel Pipes, noting that Sheikh Mahfouz has been successful in as many as four prior lawsuits against authors, said that Cambridge University Press's apology had "ominous implications" into researching the financing of terrorism.

A professor at Emory University, who won a libel suit in Britain brought against her and Penguin, Deborah Lipstadt, likewise told The New York Sun that this action by Cambridge University Press was a "frightening development." She said that it seemed to her that the Saudis were "systematically, case by case, book by book" challenging anything critical of them or anything that linked them to terrorism. She said that she could not think of any publisher that would now accept a manuscript critical of the Saudis. "This affects not only authors but readers," she said, adding that "ideas are being chased out of the marketplace."


And what kind of crap is this? Internationalism at its worst?

The director of the New York-based American Center for Democracy, Rachel Ehrenfeld, said that Cambridge University Press "capitulated" and "didn't even try to fight." Sheikh Mahfouz sued her for her 2003 book "Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed Â-- and How to Stop It." Rather than contesting the case in Britain, Ms. Ehrenfeld has taken to the American courts. In June, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously in her favor, finding that if an American writer is sued for libel in a foreign court, that person can appeal to an American court to request that a British decision not be enforceable here.

Another similar case in America involves KinderUSA, a charity that is suing Yale University Press, charging that a book published last year by Michael Levitt called " Hamas: Politics, Charity and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad" (2006) linked the non-profit to support of terrorism.


DUH!! Yes!! But it’s OK for Colorado professor Churchill to make unsubstantiated claims in his papers and books – for which he was fired - because he thinks those who died in the WTC on 9-11 were ‘little Eichmann’s

Mr. Burr said of his co-authored book now, "Buy it, if you can find one," since it was now a collector's item.

I wonder when Pooh and Piglet Go Hunting will follow suit.

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3 Comments:

  • Libel is a crime both in England and America. Defending a textbook that was found to be libelous is defending false information in classrooms.

    I suppose its perfectly ok for me to inform your readers that the author is a pedophile. Hey! dont step on my freedom of speech!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:30 AM  

  • Hey Anonymous dhimmi!

    Any criticism of Islam is considered libelous by Muslims. They are so insecure in their religion - compared with every other one on earth - that they can't stand anything negative said of it.

    And what does the author's sexual orientation have to do with the facts?

    By Blogger WC, at 2:09 PM  

  • I notice cowardly anonymous doesn't address the real issue here--how muslims are using our own courts against us to stifle free speech.
    How typical. The likes of him will still be prattling on right up until the moment the jihadi blade finds his throat.

    By Blogger KG, at 2:14 AM  

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