The Egyptian Culture (or should that be Kultur?) Minister Faruq Hosni, now that his nomination to head UNESCO is about to be blocked, wants the world to know that he is deeply, tragically sorry for all those remarks about burning "Hebrew" books, and "the infiltration of Jews in international media".
Oddly, many Egyptians and other Arabs oppose him on the ground that he is too liberal. Perhaps that's because he only called for burning Hebrew books, rather than burning Hebrews themselves.
Even more strangely, Reuters, arm of the Jewish international media that it is, willfully and stubbornly refuses to provide the exact book-burning quote but instead only paraphrases it. As a non-Hebrew, I take to mean that the statement was rather more inflammatory than just what's paraphrased.
Perhaps most strangely of all, Israel itself does not oppose his nomination.
Them Jews are subtle.