An Israeli lecturer, Ramzi Suleiman of the University of Haifa psychology department, recently returned from Pakistan - a country that does not have diplomatic relations with Israel - after participating in a scientific conference.
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The conference in Lahore was sponsored by the University of the Punjab, the Pakistani Academy of Sciences, the International Center for Theoretical Physics and the International Mathematical Union.
Participating in the conference were some 200 physicists and mathematicians from various countries, including China, England, Japan, Switzerland and the U.S., in addition to researchers from a number of Pakistani universities.
Suleiman represented the University of Haifa and Al Quds University, where he teaches.
Suleiman, who was among the speakers invited to the conference, spoke about the Newtonian Theory of Relativity, which he proposes as an alternative for Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.
He focused on the implementation of the proposed theory to understand the dynamic of the universe, including the dynamic of dark energy, black holes in the centers of galaxies and the evolution of chemical elements in the universe.
Suleiman’s lecture attracted special interest among conference participants, he said. He also received an invitation to participate as a principal lecturer at a physics conference scheduled to take place in Pakistan in July.
The fact that he is an Israeli Arab drew a positive response from many of the Pakistani scientists, who were interested developments in Israel and the Palestinian Authority and spoke about the importance of cooperation in the field of science.
Speaking with Haaretz, Suleiman said he’d traveled to Pakistan from Amman and received a visa due to being invited to the conference as a Palestinian lecturer, but he did not hide his position as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Haifa.
Noteworthy is that Pakistani physicist Abdus Salam (1926-1996), a Nobel Prize laureate in physics who is considered one of the fathers of modern physics, was a member of the faculty at the University of the Punjab.