Stephen Hawking boycott of Israel draws fire, praise
It's not exactly a headline-grabbing story, but it's intriguing on so many levels:
World-renowned physicist & cosmologist Stephen Hawking's refusal to attend a prestigious scientific conference in Israel hosted by Israeli President Shimon Peres. Hawking joins the likes of U2's Bono and Stevie Wonder in boycotting Israeli academic institutions.
Cambridge University initially tried to portray Hawking's decision as dictated by health reasons, but the wheelchair-bound Hawking went out of his way to make his position clear. Hawking also stressed that if he HAD gone, he would have used the occasion to castigate Israel for its treatment of the Palestinians and the Palestinian issue.
Hawking has drawn the predictable praise AND condemnation.
From the editor of PalestineChronicle.com in The ASIA TIMES...
Some of Hawking's critics note Hawking's voice-activated device allowing him to communicate with the outside world utilizes microprocessors developed in Israel, and that some Israeli scientists represent the cutting edge of research into Hawking's physical condition, ALS. But should those things muzzle Hawking?
From Britain's GUARDIAN newspaper, a critique of Hawking's decision...
Bravo to Hawking for taking a stand against the terrorist state of Israel. Hawking is trying to raise public awareness about Israel's continuing occupation of Palestine. He's also calling attention to the human-rights abuses Israel in Gaza and the occupied territories, including the attack on an unarmed ship delivering food and medical aid to civilians in Gaza.
The U.S. continues to talk a good game about stopping terrorism, but continues to support a terrorist regime in Israel.
Tue, May 14, 2013 8:55am
No matter how high-minded one's cause may be, if you can't control your nation's basic instincts, you are no better than any other. Once again, Israeli settlements give Israel a black eye...
Just as the US can't raise our nation's potential because of our Republicans, neither can Israel because everytime it does, its conservatives pull it back down into the sewer... I'm afraid, whence it will stay.
Tue, May 14, 2013 11:16am
Hawkings may be brilliant in science but lacking in other areas...another world-renowned scholar was pivotal in the creation of the state of Israel...Einstein.
Since Hawking is so often called the Einstein of his generation, it is worth reminding him that Einstein was a committed Zionist who traveled around the United States with Chain Weizmann to raise money for the creation of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, an institution that Hawking now refuses to even visit. In a 1921 letter to his friend Friedrich Zangger, Einstein wrote, On Saturday Im off to America not to speak at universities (though there will probably be that, too, on the side) but rather to help in the founding of the Jewish University in Jerusalem. I feel an intense need to do something for this cause.
Einstein probably did not envision Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian territories. Lots of people have changed their minds about Israel.
Tue, May 14, 2013 8:03pm
If Mr. Hawking wants to boycott Israel, that's his free choice. His argument is with God, and quite frankly, it's an argument no man can win.
Tue, May 14, 2013 9:07pm
By the way, Israel is DEFENDING itself from Palestinian terrorists, all of whom should be annihilated.
Wed, May 15, 2013 8:02am
Pizza: Off your meds again? (1) How did god get into this? (2) People were living in Palestine, minding their own business, suffering under foreign conquest. Then foreigners take their land away and give it to some other people who show, move in, and start pushing around the people living there. They fight back and you call them "terrorists." If anything like that happened here, you'd call those who fought back "patriots."
Wed, May 15, 2013 8:13pm
billsmith: You have the whole thing backwards. Israel was the one minding its own business and the Palestinians have been trying to steal their land ever since the beginning of time.
It's time Americans stopped being duped by the left-wing communists and start learning the facts. Of course, facts always get in the way of liberals.
Wed, May 15, 2013 9:13pm
If I ruled the world, the Palestinians would get the Enola Gay treatment.
Thu, May 16, 2013 2:51am
Pizza, if you ruled the world, everybody would get the Enola Gay treatment. I guess Enola is your favorite gay.
Pizza wants to blow up everybody - real good - and leave the Earth a glowing, radioactive mess. But he wants to do it with a B-29? With all those ICBMs and drones now available? He must really hate progress of any kind.
He and his Westboro buddies have had a food drive and collected a bunch of canned goods. They plan to live in a cave for the next 100 years or so, then their grandchildren can come out and rule the world.
Meds. Please take your meds.
Thu, May 16, 2013 4:06am
billsmith: You and Kavips BOTH belong in North Korea.
Thu, May 16, 2013 4:20am
billsmith: Yes, Enola is my favorite gay. Nothing works quite as good as an original!
Thu, May 16, 2013 8:52am
pizza: I say again, North Korea sounds more like your kind of place, with your kind of people running the show. Absolute conformity, obedience to authority and a desire to drop the "big one" on everybody else. They probably don't have pizza there, so you'd have the market to yourself.
PS: Your meds would be cheaper, too.
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