A bill is making its way through the Egyptian parliament that has infuriated the Egyptian minister of culture, Mr. Farouk Hosni and his vice minister the head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr. Zahi Hawass.
The bill, which will probably not pass, would permit the buying and selling of antiquities in Egypt. Minister Hosni and Dr. Hawass want this law to apply only to nontransportable antiquities such as walls and not to portable objects. Under current Egyptian law, anyone who finds an antiquity must report it to the Supreme Council of Antiquities within two years though Dr. Hawass wants this reduced to six months.
If the bill passes both men have threatened to resign. Talk about tempting your enemies.