May 29th, 2009

Central Council objects to Farouk Hosny becoming Director-General of UNESCO

Cologne/Berlin – The Central Council of Jews in Germany has expressed its strong opposition to the candidacy of Egypt's culture minister, Farouk Hosny, for the post of Director-General of UNESCO. Early this week, the President of the Central Council, Charlotte Knobloch, gave an interview to Deutschlandfunk public radio in Cologne saying that "his clearly anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli statements" showed that he was the wrong candidate for the office. She called on the leading European politicians to "do everything possible to prevent this dangerous candidate from taking the top post". Knobloch said Hosny was a "lie-spreading rabble-rouser" standing not for peace, dialogue, and culture but for the opposite. "Hosny's election would severely damage the credibility of UNESCO," she said.
The Vice-President of the Central Council, Salomon Korn, too, commented on Hosny's candidacy in an interview to Deutschlandfunk. He said Hosny's recent apology for his anti-Semitic statements was "nothing more than crocodile tears". Korn argued that if "Hosny really were someone who thinks and acts in a moral way then he would be ashamed of his statements, and if he were really ashamed then he would not assume the office and thus demonstrate that he draws consequences from his behaviour". (29.05.2009)