Skip to comments.Israelis furious over Stephen Hawking’s conference pullout over Palestinian boycott call
Posted on 05/08/2013 10:14:26 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
British physicist Stephen Hawking has announced he is withdrawing from a leading Israeli conference in deference to a Palestinian call to boycott this and other Israeli events.
The decision by Prof. Hawking, who was to have been a key speaker at the Israeli Presidential Conference next month in Jerusalem, has infuriated conference organizers and delivered one of the biggest names yet to the ranks of the growing international campaign to boycott Israel.
It also has drawn the enormous attention of Israelis themselves. By the end of the day Wednesday in Israel, items related to Prof. Hawkings announcement were the number one, three and six of the most widely read pieces on the Haaretz newspapers website.
The annual Presidential Conference, now in its fifth year, is hosted by Shimon Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize winner for his efforts to bring peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
According to its website, the conference brings together world leaders, international scholars, activists, poets and scientists, artists and clergy, entrepreneurs, economists and industrialists, as well as representatives of the next generation of leaders in order to discuss issues of geopolitics, economics, environment, culture and more. This years conference also is a celebration of Mr. Peress 90th birthday.
In his letter to conference organizers, Prof. Hawking stated he had reconsidered his earlier agreement to participate in the event. I have received a number of e-mails from Palestinian academics, he wrote. They are unanimous that I should respect the boycott. In view of this, I must withdraw from the conference. Had I attended I would have stated my opinion that the policy of the present Israeli government is likely to lead to disaster.
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He’s another big lib. Every so often all he seems to do is open his computer mouth to deny the existence of God or some other crap. It’s like shut up and not move.
Hawking is overrated, and apparently wrong. No big deal.
Freaking big deal. Anyway, he’s more dead than alive.
I totally agree and love the way you said it. LOL
“I would have stated my opinion that the policy of the present Israeli government is likely to lead to disaster.
As if anybody asked for his opinion. Pffft.
Israel is constantly innovative, can never rest on its laurels, is singularly charitable, agile, responsive, dynamic, diverse in its thinking, self-questioning, never self-righteous, always seeking peace and justice, never sucking up to Hollywood or the cause-du-jour, believing, steadfast, worshipful, beautiful, and will be so for a long time to come.
Unlike the guy who wrote that one book which was famous and deemed “very possibly correct” for a little while.
One of these days he’s going to meet the Creator of the Universe who will explain everything in minute detail. Then He will ask Hawking to explain himself in just as much minute detail..........
There seems to be this little club of celebrity scientists that have taken upon themselves to stop researching and instead spend more time partying with socialists and Hollywood types. Some examples:
Neil deGrasse Tyson
And now even Hawking.
I guess when you are a media property, why bother with real science work?
His disease has attacked his grey matter.
“izers and delivered one of the biggest names yet to the ranks of the growing international campaign to boycott Israel”
Keep it up, clowns. Your end-game will not turn out as you expect. Enjoy being cut in pieces. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
Zechariah 12:1-3 King James Version (KJV)
12 The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
you forgot chief scientist al gore..........
I ALMOST put him there, but he couldn’t tell his head from his rear enough to be a scientist.
The left honors him profusely just so they can say how brilliant he is and then proclaim that there must be no God because even “the brilliant” Stephen Hawkings says so and if you disagree, well, then you must be a moron because, you see, Hawking is so gosh darn brilliant. Trust us, we said he's brilliant... and he even won a Nobel prize so that proves what he is saying must be true.
And they did it....infiltrated the schools.
It's the same MO as this healthy food cr**....Infiltrate the schools.
And the gun cr**....This "0" tolerance...is all about infiltrating the schools.
But abortion?? Outright killing of innocents with the blessing and funding of government?? Who cares about them??
Is the guy famous for anything other than being an evoloser??
“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
How do we know what Hawkins is really saying? Sometimes it looks like a living version of Weekend at Bernies
Bill Nye? Really? A scientist That’s funny.
Ever catch “Almost Live” reruns from Seattle? Bill Nye the science guy was his schtick on a local 2 bit comedy show from the ‘80’s.
Ever read or heard of any scientific publications from Bill? Neither have I! He is funny demonstrating tricks and clever things on TV, a Mr. Wizard clone.
I do agree 100% with your original point however.
"HE HE KNOWS DOES NOT SPEAK AND HE WHO SPEAKS DOES NOT KNOW."
"IF YOU DO NOT CHANGE DIRECTION, YOU MAY END UP WHERE YOU ARE HEADING."
Although Hawking has been attributed to being highly intelligent I find he more often that not misses the moment in regard to operating in the here & now.
I wonder if he would still be an atheist if those two took off their bikinis and bonked him.
"HE WHO KNOWS DOES NOT SPEAK AND HE WHO SPEAKS DOES NOT KNOW."
Israel ? I would tell them to don’t come back and don’t let the door hit ya were the good lord split ya !
I remember a special on “The Universe” where Steven said we are finally closing in on the objective truth about the Universe where no God is required.
In the next segment he stated that over 80% of the mass of the Universe is dark matter, which has never been detected by human beings.
I hope I am not the only one who sees the irony in this.
Seriously? Irate? I bet most aren’t even annoyed. Some might be even be relieved.
Seriously? Irate? I bet most aren’t even annoyed. Some might be even be relieved.
In his case he likes to be passed off by lefties as a “science” authority. ;-)
A whole generation of kids know him as “the science guy” based on some show he did back in the 90s, so now he has some sort of standing now with 20-somethings.
I first knew him from Almost Live back when they used to show it on Comedy Central when I was a teenager, and he was funny enough, but now he just comes across as a washed up, bitter David Letterman type.
And no loss.
Since it is Mr. Peres’ 90th birthday, I do wish him a Happy Birthday.
Only thing you need to know about Bill Nye to illustrate where he’s coming from, is he’s from Seattle...’nuff said? ;)
From the note he wrote, we see that he himself knows diddly skwat about the topic of Israel and its terrorist neighbors, who call themselves “Palestinians.” If he knew history, he’d know Israel, which used to be called Palestine, is and always was the homeland of the Jewish people and no other people. Others came and left. Mark Twain would be a good source. He visited the place and called it the homeland of the Jews. This Hawkling relied on notes from propagandists, rather than bothering to find out the facts for himself. Maybe he knows science, but he’s clueless on this one.
The facts do not matter, the left is all about power and embracing lies is one of the tactics.
For all his juice, he couldn’t keep the Texas Supercollider project alive.
They spent a billion digging the hole, and another filling it in. They ended up building it in Europe, where all of the actual talent in cosmology now resides.