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Physicist says he'll send part of $3m. prize to J Street
ByJTA
August 5, 2012 12:51

A physicist said over the weekend that he would probably donate part of the $3 million he won in a surprise award to J Street, the liberal pro-Israel group.

Edward Witten, a professor of mathematical physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton NJ, was one of nine physicists chosen by Yuri Milner, a Russian high-tech investor, to receive the $27 million Fundamental Physics Prize.



The award was made public last week, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the scientists were taken aback when Milner called beforehand to tell them; it is the first time he is awarding the prize.

Witten said that J Street, which presses for a greater US role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, would likely get some of the money.

Witten, who has a masters and doctorate degree from Princeton University, has been on the finance committee for J Street since 2008. He also has been  on the board of Americans for Peace Now since about 1991.

"I believe that the need for a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the central issue before the Jewish world," Witten, who is Jewish, told JTA. "A lot of people unfortunately do not realize that the chance for such a solution is slipping away, or understand the implications if it does."

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