Quote of the week: May 23, 2008
CAIRO: Egyptian Culture Minister Faruq Hosni, a candidate to head the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has drawn fire for saying he was prepared to burn Israeli books. “I’d burn Israeli books myself if I found any in libraries in Egypt,” Hosni said in Parliament on May 10 in reply to questioning from an opposition MP.
The comment, which Hosni admits making but which he says must be put into perspective, sparked an official protest from Israel’s ambassador in Cairo, Shalom Cohen, to the Foreign Ministry.
In his defense, Hosni told AFP that he had only used “a popular expression to prove something exists,” – to be specific, Israeli books in Egyptian libraries.
Source: Agence France Presse