After touring the world with his successful children's show Dr. Water Molecule, Israeli actor and director Uri Weil was excited to receive an invitation to perform at Abu Dhabi's first science festival this coming November.
But the reality of the Middle East came knocking recently, when he received an e-mail message from the fair's organizers telling him the local government decided to exclude all Israelis from the event.
"I was excited (about going) to visit there for the first time, to perform there as an Israeli in a prestigious festival," Weil told Ynet.
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Weil, who plays a wild and funny scientist who conducts experiments that teach kids about the wonders of nature, has performed at science fairs across the United States, Italy, Switzerland and even Finland – where his show won first prize.
The organizers of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, with whom Weil has previously worked, invited him to Dubai over a year ago, and commissioned him and his crew to perform the show four times a day for 10 days.
"And they don't lack funds, so for me it's a lot of money," Weil said.
Excluded due to nationalityThe e-mail that Weil received politely explained that he could not take part in the fair because he is Israeli.
"We truly want you to be part of the festival, but unfortunately we must inform you that we cannot include you in the program, simply because of your nationality," the message read. They also noted that the local government decided "not to include anyone from Israel, and we couldn't convince them otherwise."
"It's really upsetting, it was supposed to be a great adventure," Weils said. "Unfortunately science lost to politics this time."
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