There is not much to brag about the United Nations in any of its six decades of bloating. But in the past there was some good occasionally thought coming out of UNESCO. We have a contender to give it a more modern direction named Farouk Hosni.
“Well, you might be hearing a lot more about him. Farouk Hosni is set to secure a top U.N. role – despite having declared he would burn Israeli books. Now he’s being named as a potential new director general of UNESCO – the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.
Farouk’s outburst against Israeli literature came in May 2008, in the Egyptian Parliament, where he has served as Culture Minister for over twenty years. When another politician asked if there were Israeli books in a new library in Alexandria, Farouk Hosni responded:
‘If there are any there, I will myself burn them in front of you.’ ”
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