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April 17, 2003

Books Against Hate project

We're pleased to report that "Books Against Hate: Minnesota's Middle East Library Initiative," the campaign supported by Minnesotans Against Terrorism (“M.A.T.”) to put 18 books about terrorism and the Middle East into 30 Saint Paul and Minneapolis public libraries, has been a tremendous success . . . and you're invited to read any or all of the "18 Essential Books about Terrorism and Israel" that are being donated throughout the Twin Cities.

We hope that all M.A.T. supporters will visit the Barnes & Noble stores in St. Paul's Highland Village on Ford Parkway or in downtown Minneapolis on the Nicollet Mall this April to visit the tables displaying these 18 Essential Books -- the more books sold, the longer Barnes & Noble will feature the books, from Alan Dershowitz' "Why Terrorism Works" and Mitchell Bard's "The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Middle East Conflict" to Dore Gold's new "Hatred's Kingdom" and Daniel Gordis' "If A Place Can Make You Cry."

The Books Against Hate campaign was inspired when Minnesotans Against Terrorism members learned that Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed ibn Talal had donated $500,000 to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to help finance a $2.5 million dollar book drive to put Islamic instructional materials in America's 16,000 public libraries. Curious, M.A.T. Conducted an online search -- and discovered that there was only one copy of Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's book, "A Durable Peace: Israel and Its Place Among Nations", in all of the Minneapolis and St. Paul libraries combined. And what of Paul Williams’ extraordinary book on Osama bin Laden’s terror organization, "Al Qaeda: Brotherhood of Terror"? Incredibly, just one copy of "Al Qaeda: Brotherhood of Terror" was available for loan from Minnesota's 450 public libraries, and you'd have to go to St. Cloud to find it! Thanks to Minnesotans Against Terrorism, this situation is now changing -- and we applaud the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Public Libraries and Barnes & Noble for working with us.

For a complete list of M.A.T.'s 18 "Essential" books on terrorism and the Middle East, visit our Web site at

Thank you for your support,

Paul and Leora Maccabee, MAT Co-team Leader-"Books Against Hate" Project

To become a Team Leader or Team Member of a MAT project, please request an MAT Project Participation Form from Ilan Sharon at For more information on MAT please visit our website at

Minnesotans Against Terrorism is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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