The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has called upon the Egyptian government to dismiss the Egyptian Culture Minister, Farouk Hosni, who said at a conference held in the Egyptian legislature last week that that he “would burn Israeli books himself if found in Egyptian libraries.” Hosni has a record of fierce anti-Israeli deeds. In the past, he accused
The Israeli Ambassador to Cairo, Shalom Cohen, defined this statement in a classified report that he submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem as “harsh and especially blunt, in a way which makes it impossible for Israel and for the international community to continue a regular agenda with Egypt.” The Israeli Foreign Ministry is likely to make a severe protest to the Egyptian government and has already made one directly to the Egyptian ambassador in Tel Aviv (Itamar Eichner, ‘Egyptian culture minister: I would burn Israeli books myself,’ Yediot Ahronot, May 14, 2008).
On Sunday, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is scheduled to leave for Sharm al-Sheikh in order to participate in a summit with U.S. President George W. Bush, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Jordan’s King Abdullah and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. She is likely to raise the issue in her discussions with the Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit.
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “It is astonishing that a minister in the government of a country that has signed a peace treaty with
“Imagine if an Israeli government minister called for burning all Egyptian books. If this occurred, there is no question that
“Farouk Hosni’s inflammatory rhetoric helps to nurture and entrench the anti-Israel hatred that suffuses Egyptian society, thanks to the incendiary government-controlled media that the Mubarak government does nothing to moderate.