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Stephen Hawking joins academic boycott of Israel
Guardian ^ | 5/7/13 | Harriet Sherwood, Matthew Kalman

Posted on 05/08/2013 4:42:13 AM PDT by LibWhacker

Professor Stephen Hawking is backing the academic boycott of Israel by pulling out of a conference hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem as a protest at Israel's treatment of Palestinians.

Hawking, 71, the world-renowned theoretical physicist and former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, had accepted an invitation to headline the fifth annual president's conference, Facing Tomorrow, in June, which features major international personalities, attracts thousands of participants and this year will celebrate Peres's 90th birthday.

Hawking is in very poor health, but last week he wrote a brief letter to the Israeli president to say he had changed his mind. He has not announced his decision publicly, but a statement published by the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine with Hawking's approval described it as "his independent decision to respect the boycott, based upon his knowledge of Palestine, and on the unanimous advice of his own academic contacts there".

Hawking's decision marks another victory in the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions targeting Israeli academic institutions.

In April the Teachers' Union of Ireland became the first lecturers' association in Europe to call for an academic boycott of Israel, and in the United States members of the Association for Asian American Studies voted to support a boycott, the first national academic group to do so.

In the four weeks since Hawking's participation in the Jerusalem event was announced, he has been bombarded with messages from Britain and abroad as part of an intense campaign by boycott supporters trying to persuade him to change his mind. In the end, Hawking told friends, he decided to follow the advice of Palestinian colleagues who unanimously agreed that he should not attend.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: academic; boycott; hawking; israel; stephenhawking; unitedkingdom; waronterror
What a tool, fool, idiot (never thought I'd say that about Hawking). Who the he** asks mohammadan lunatics for advice... about anything?
1 posted on 05/08/2013 4:42:13 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

His disease has finally attacked his brain.


2 posted on 05/08/2013 4:43:38 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: LibWhacker

Hawking mind is gone. No one should pay much attention to him.


3 posted on 05/08/2013 4:44:27 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: LibWhacker

twisted dork


4 posted on 05/08/2013 4:45:05 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: LibWhacker

He spends too much time thinking about black holes and quantum physics.


5 posted on 05/08/2013 4:47:41 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: LibWhacker
Professor Stephen Hawking is backing the academic boycott of Israel by pulling out of a conference hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem as a protest at Israel's treatment of Palestinians.

Umm, Professor, did it ever occur to you to think about the way Palestinians treat Israel?

6 posted on 05/08/2013 4:50:22 AM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (The Old White Flag Republicans can go straight to He// and take their pal Obama with them!)
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To: LibWhacker

A lost, arrogant, bigoted, anti-Semitic soul.


7 posted on 05/08/2013 4:52:16 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: I want the USA back
Anti-Semite!
8 posted on 05/08/2013 4:53:49 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: LibWhacker

Think:

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9 posted on 05/08/2013 4:56:53 AM PDT by Flintlock ("The British are coming--to TAKE OUR GUNS"--Paul Revere)
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10 posted on 05/08/2013 4:57:12 AM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (The Old White Flag Republicans can go straight to He// and take their pal Obama with them!)
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To: LibWhacker

All the intelligence in the world, yet not a shred of wisdom.


11 posted on 05/08/2013 4:58:18 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Future Snake Eater

He’s intelligent, but way overrated.


12 posted on 05/08/2013 5:02:56 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Double ditto!


13 posted on 05/08/2013 5:06:06 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: LibWhacker

Hawking should stay in his quantum physics lane and stay out of world politics. Brilliant as he may be intellectually, he’s woefully short in understanding the Israeli-Palestinian issue.


14 posted on 05/08/2013 5:13:28 AM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: Moonman62

BTT


15 posted on 05/08/2013 5:14:58 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: LibWhacker

That’s brilliant Stephen!.....like most of your other views.


16 posted on 05/08/2013 5:15:48 AM PDT by wesagain (The God #Elohim# of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the One True GOD.)
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To: wesagain

............./sarc


17 posted on 05/08/2013 5:16:29 AM PDT by wesagain (The God #Elohim# of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the One True GOD.)
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To: jpsb

“Hawking mind is gone. No one should pay much attention to him.”

Yeah, he lost my respect when he renounced the existence of God awhile back.


18 posted on 05/08/2013 5:17:54 AM PDT by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: LibWhacker

He seems like a very tragic, bitter figure. I’m inclined to recommend prayer for him.


19 posted on 05/08/2013 5:23:24 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: LibWhacker

Reminds me of the absent minded professor who opened his vest, pulled out his tie and wet his pants.
How can someone so damned smart be so ignorant?


20 posted on 05/08/2013 5:27:46 AM PDT by mark3681
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21 posted on 05/08/2013 5:29:20 AM PDT by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: LibWhacker

Freep him. Where does he think he would be if he’d been born in Egypt, huh?


22 posted on 05/08/2013 5:29:42 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Sarah is right.)
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To: snoringbear

Yeah I saw that and was very disappointed in Hawkings. He is nowhere near a sharp as he once was, not his fault he is just getting old, happens to all of us. So he appears to want to stay relivent but he is straying into areas of which he knows nothing as is just making himself look foolish.


23 posted on 05/08/2013 5:33:33 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: LibWhacker

So for all his posturing as an unbiased academic seeking the unvarnished truth, at heart he is just another pandering leftist jumping onboard the Political Correct Express.


24 posted on 05/08/2013 5:34:13 AM PDT by Iron Munro (E)
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To: Iron Munro

He is just pissed that a plumper from Brooklyn NY proved him wrong about info never being able to escape a black hole.


25 posted on 05/08/2013 5:36:34 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: jpsb

Plumper? LOL spell check strikes again.


26 posted on 05/08/2013 5:37:55 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: yldstrk

Ouch! And I heard this guy is/was some sort of genius. Guess not.


27 posted on 05/08/2013 6:02:27 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST mr. president(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: LibWhacker

“BDS lied about Stephen Hawking joining anti-Israel academic boycott”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3017019/posts


28 posted on 05/08/2013 6:03:04 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: LibWhacker

..and then there’s this...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3017019/posts


29 posted on 05/08/2013 6:04:46 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: LibWhacker

It appears the article is an out and out lie. Hawking didn’t join the boycott.

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3017019/posts


30 posted on 05/08/2013 6:07:57 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: Doogle

OOOPS!!! Never Mind!!!


31 posted on 05/08/2013 6:45:58 AM PDT by ontap
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To: LibWhacker

Can we take the Israeli Intel chips out of his communicator, wheelchair, and respirator?

Or is he a selective boycotter?


32 posted on 05/08/2013 8:24:59 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: mnehring

Good!


33 posted on 05/08/2013 8:25:57 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: LibWhacker

Has anyone pointed out yet that this isn’t true?


34 posted on 05/08/2013 8:26:04 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: LibWhacker

HAHAHAHAHAHA. Crucify him!! Crucify him!! Ooooops. You can always count on our hebrew friends to crucify. Imagine the lament of Pontius Pilate when Rome sent him to govern in Judea.


35 posted on 05/08/2013 8:36:30 AM PDT by Mashood
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To: LibWhacker

And we are supposed to trust his thoughts regarding science?


36 posted on 05/08/2013 8:46:27 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: LibWhacker

Folks here do not realize the rest of the world doesn’t support Israel like here...they tend to see both sides or are more sympathetic to the Palis and see Israel as the originator of the conflict

We have the perfect storm (for Israel) of sympathetic media for a variety of highly inflammatory reasons

and as important...hard as it is to still believe..a somewhat Christian nation that still sees modern days Jews everywhere as brethren of the book surrounded by foes and a big player in end times

I myself support Israel simply because I think they are more culturally western and civilized and I like the ones I’ve known...much more so than their kin here as a rule.

But I disagree with folks here that being sympathetic to Pali plight makes one by default a Neo Nazi or anti Semite

this whole “arrangement” is really a sad comedy where we are frequently played by progressives who don’t like us or a strong Israel


37 posted on 05/08/2013 8:53:48 AM PDT by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: luvbach1

Well said.


38 posted on 05/08/2013 10:26:38 AM PDT by ZULU ((See: http://gatesofvienna.net/))
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To: LibWhacker

Leftist press release picked up by press. False story

http://zioncon.blogspot.com/2013/05/correction-hawking-bds-story-was-hoax.html


39 posted on 05/08/2013 11:37:39 AM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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40 posted on 05/08/2013 7:39:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv; SJackson
Stephen Hawking, the "genius" with ALS who is really a moron.
41 posted on 05/09/2013 1:39:48 AM PDT by Yehuda
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To: mnehring; servo1969
Hawking's confirmed that he is, in fact, boycotting the conference and the university's retracted the bs claim that he's not going because of his bad health. Never believe the best of a leftist.
42 posted on 05/09/2013 2:19:08 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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