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Apr 10, 2012
"Levy told Haaretz he was certain his wife and daughters would not be able to attend the ceremony, as their passports are full of visas from Israel and his wife and one of his daughters were born in Israel. To his surprise, when he went to the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles, the attendants stamped their passports, and no one asked any questions.
In spite of their fears before the trip, Levy said his family was treated to royal hospitality during their entire stay in Saudi Arabia. He said that even when people were aware of his religion and his family's background, he was treated no different than anyone else. Also, Levy said Saudis were fascinated with hearing what he and other visitors think of their country, and if their expectations were proved wrong or not."
Posted by Farah at 12:46 PM
An American professor won the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, popularly known as the "Arab Nobel Prize."
After he was informed of his victory, Levy rushed to check the contest Web site, where he found his picture and biography already on the homepage.
The prize committee had posted Levy's biography exactly as he submitted it, with one glaring exception: the line showing his post-doctoral work at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel had been deleted.
Posted by Farah at 12:44 PM