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Organizers Panned for Omitting Israelis From Meeting in Jordan

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Science  27 Aug 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5995, pp. 1006-1007
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5995.1006-a

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Political tensions between Israel and the Arab world are threatening to overshadow an upcoming chemistry conference in Jordan. The verbal sparring has already created plenty of raw feelings and led to much finger-pointing. Local organizers for the 11th Eurasia Conference on Chemical Sciences aren't saying why they didn't invite any speakers from Israel, which borders Jordan and has the region's largest chemical research enterprise. But one Israeli scientist calls the snub "intentional," and few, if any, have registered for the conference.