El Naschie's Rosa Al-Youssef column is up for Wednesday August 25. Nonsense about the promised land. Original Arabic. My translation appears below.
I strengthened my relationship with the world-famous scientist Nobel laureate Ilya Prigogine. He even told me one day after refusing an invitation to visit Israel that he wonders how true scientists and intellectuals can believe in the superstition of a Promised Land for Russian Jews.
Prigogine was originally born in Russia before emmigrating to Belgium. He said: God's promise to the Jews gives them the territory of Arabs in Palestine?
So I remembered that it was not God Almighty who promised them this land, but rather the call of an Austrian journalist named Theodor Herzl to create a homeland for Jews throughout the world, establishing Israel and the so-called Nakba. One day I was giving a lecture at the Free University of Brussels in the presence of Prigogine. My younger brother Dr. Amr Elnaschai was in the lecture hall sitting next to Prigogine. [Amr himself, who is sometimes known as Scorpion300, tells a slightly different version of this story. Search for the "July, 23 2008 17:39:59" timestamp in the SCIAM archive.]
After the lecture Amr told me he heard Prigogine say he was impressed with my lecture to the point that he had decided to recommend me for the next year's highest award in theoretical physics.
I could not believe what Amr told me. I considered it a compliment to then be asked by Prigogine to deliver the same lecture in his office in the presence of a large number of teachers.
Since that day my theory has built upon Prigogine's. I have a team of assistants [the E-infinty group] to work with me, which has had a positive impact. The only negative comes from a strong jealousy that a mere construction engineer named Mohamed, of Egyptian nationality, should have succeeded in drawing the attention of the world-famous scientist Prigogine. To aggravate matters, I was an Arab; and then there was my religion. [El Naschie is a Sunni Muslim like most Egyptians. He often blames not having a Nobel Prize on being an Arab, a Muslim and being named Mohamed.]
I will not dwell on the stealing of my ideas [by Renate Loll et al., he alleges] and the publishing of them in a U.S. magazine [Scientific American. See our SCIAM archive about this] or on the fierce campaign led by a group of haters, which has become a legal case in the Supreme Court of a European capital [London]. So don't use these words to justify crimes committed against my right, and the right of all my students, to work on my theory.
I just want to express my respect to my teachers who were mostly of Jewish origin. They had not a trace of racist or Zionist thinking. However, I must mention that there is a lot of racism and Zionist thinking in Israel. Not everyone in Israel, for example Uri Avnery and my colleague Professor Itamar Procaccia [also mentioned in FQXi-395, Shrink notes] of the Weizmann Institute in Israel with whom I have participated in several attempts to reconcile the ideas of peace in the Middle East with the grim realities on the ground.
He and I were unsuccessful at producing any positive result, but at least we tried. It's all one can do.
Despite the failure I have a deep sense that real peace is possible between the Arabs and Israel, but first Israel must rid itself of the philosophy of Zionism and its state religion. And there we let it rest.