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Texas prisons ban over 10,000 books. An Israeli diplomat wants to know why Hitler’s "Mein Kampf" is allowed.


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Texas prisons ban over 10,000 books. An Israeli diplomat wants to know why Hitler’s "Mein Kampf" is allowed.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice often takes heat for the books that are banned in state prisons. But the controversy escalated this week when Israel’s general consul to the Southwestern U.S. questioned why Mein Kampf isn't on the list. 

BY EMMA PLATOFF DEC. 6, 2017 UPDATED: 5 PM

Donald Trump’s decision Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is likely to shake up the Middle East for years to come. In the meantime, a quieter Israeli foreign relations conflict has sprung up in Texas: Consul General of Israel to the Southwest United States Gilad Katz vs. the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. 
Katz hadn’t even arrived at his Houston office on Monday morning when, scanning the headlines in Israeli media, he learned that Adolf Hitler’s infamous manifesto Mein Kampf is permitted in Texas prisons. Meanwhile, a slate of uncontroversial classics — including titles like Where’s Waldo? Santa Spectacular and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Color Purple — are among more than 10,000 books banned in Texas lockups.

“I thought, ‘I have to do something,’” Katz said.   :snip:   https://www.texastribune.org/2017/12/06/texas-prisons-ban-more-10000-books-israeli-diplomat-wants-know-why-hit/

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