Egypt's Unesco hopeful in book burning row

Egypt's candidate to head the UN cultural organisation, Farouk Hosny, apologises for anti-Israeli remarks in May 2008. Farouk Hosny, who is Egypt's culture minister, expressed "solemn regret" over a May 2008 pledge to burn Israeli books in Egyptian libraries. Israel withdrew its protest about Mr Hosny's candidature following a request from Egypt's President, Hosni Mubarak. But Jewish European cultural groups continued to object to the candidacy. Opponents of Mr Hosny's candidature have cited his response to a question in parliament in May 2008 from an opposition MP about whether Israeli books were held by the new library in Alexandria. He said: "Burn these books; if there are any there, I will myself burn them in front of you." <a href="">Read more about it at The Beeb</a>.