The Palestinian Narrative Captures Stephen Hawking

Since 2008 an Israeli Presidential Conference has been held annually in Jerusalem. This year the Fifth Conference, organized by President Shimon Peres and entitled "Face Tomorrow," is to be held on June 18-20, 2013. The objective of the conferences is to bring together leaders and thinkers in a variety of fields to discuss issues that will confront the world in the future. Among those invited this year are Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Mikhail Gorbachev, Daniel Kahneman, and Prince Albert II of Monaco. The conference has now captured the attention of the world because of the decision on May 8, 2013 of the 71-year-old Stephen Hawking, world-renowned astrophysicist, head of the mathematics and physics department at Cambridge University, to cancel his participation in it. Hawking is admired not only for his scientific contribution in expanding knowledge of the origins of the universe and black holes, but also for his remarkable personal courage in dealing with his illness. He has lived with...(Read Full Article)