[Editor's Note: Nils Minkmar denies authorship of the article cited below. "This is wrong! I did not write that article! I merely translated it," he states. Please read the comments at the end of the article.]
THE SHAME OF UNESCO? OR THE SHAME OF EXCLUSION FROM MEMORY?
Nils Minkmar, a Saarland-born German and French writer & observer of political and social life in the modern world, wrote a stinging article against the likely promotion to UNESCO leadership of the Egyptian Culture Minister, Faruk Hosni.
Minkmar began his piece, DIE SCHANDE DERE UNESCO (The Shame of UNESCO),
by asking the readership of European newspapers this last week of May 2009 if they knew:
(1) Who has questioned whether Israel had ever offered or contributed to civilization—regardless of epic in history discussed?
(2) Who has called Israel an inhuman culture—a racist, and bullying culture—based on a single principle, i.e. to steal land from others?
(3) Who has claimed in 1997—only to repeat it again and again in coming years—that all who seek to become friends of the bitter enemy Israel are enemies of his land?
(4) Who claims that all the world’s media is controlled or infiltrated by Jews?
According to Claude Lanzmann, Bernard-Henri Lévy, and Elie Wiesel, the answer to all these questions appears to be Faruk Hosni.
In short, quite appropriately, Nils Minkmar is preemptively attacking any efforts to make Faruk Hosni the next General Director.
The interesting thing is that Minkmar is simply mimicking or restating the April 2009 call for opposition to Hosni’s likely promotion led by Claude Lanzmann, Bernard-Henri Lévy, and Elie Wiesel.
Preemption of such as an unchecked decision to promote Hosni to the position of UNESCO head is certainly appropriate if what Minkmar is saying is true.
MINKMAR, LANZMANN, LEVY, WIESEL –AND HOSNI?
However, one likely reason why the world media has ignored Lanzmann, Lévy, and Wiesel, and their concern for a promotion of Hosni within UNESCO is that the world is tired of Israel making demands, while not improving human rights and not evacuating settlements as promised, etc. In short, sympathy for Israeli voices in the West are weakening as this decade comes to an end.
Too often in the last decade Israeli leaders, Israeili press, Israeli military, Israeli diplomats, and writers have made demagogic claims about the inability of Arabs to govern, about Palestinians lack of humanity, while claiming it's okay when Israel tortures and bombs neighborhoods of women and children.