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Saudi authorities have banned hundreds of books, including works by renowned Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, as part of a crackdown on publications deemed threatening to the kingdom.Saudi Arabia clamped down on dissent following the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011, from which it has largely been spared and has adopted an increasingly confrontational stance toward the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups it has long viewed as a threat to its security. Organizers also banned all books by Azmi Bishara, a former Arab Israeli MP who left the Jewish state in 2007 and is now close to authorities in Qatar, where he is based, Sabq.org reported.A few days after the fair opened, Saudi authorities closed the stall of the Arab Network for Research and Publishing headed by Islamist publisher Nawaf al-Qudaimi and confiscated all his publications, citing threats to the kingdom's security.
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