By Ben Lynfield, September 24, 2009
Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosni has blamed the Jews for his defeat in his bid to become head of UNESCO, the UN’s agency for culture and education, this week.
A Western conspiracy “cooked up in New York” was at fault, he said.
“European countries and the world’s Jews” wanted him to lose.
Mr Hosni was considered a leading opponent of “normalisation” of relations with Israel and last year threatened to personally burn any Israeli books found in Egyptian libraries.