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Israelis furious over Stephen Hawking’s conference pullout over Palestinian boycott call
Globe and Mail ^ | 05/08/2013 | Patrick Martin

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. Hawking’s announcement were the number one, three and six of the most widely read pieces on the Haaretz newspaper’s 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 year’s conference also is a celebration of Mr. Peres’s 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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: boycott; israel; stephenhawking; unitedkingdom; waronterror

1 posted on 05/08/2013 10:14:26 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


2 posted on 05/08/2013 10:16:11 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: SeekAndFind

Hawking is overrated, and apparently wrong. No big deal.


3 posted on 05/08/2013 10:17:24 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: SeekAndFind

Freaking big deal. Anyway, he’s more dead than alive.


4 posted on 05/08/2013 10:18:51 AM PDT by Marguerite ( When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

I totally agree and love the way you said it. LOL


5 posted on 05/08/2013 10:19:02 AM PDT by gattaca ("Empty heads are fond of long titles" Old German Proverb.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“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.


6 posted on 05/08/2013 10:20:47 AM PDT by Marguerite ( When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
Crippled college professors get all the girls.

7 posted on 05/08/2013 10:22:19 AM PDT by TSgt (More Scott Roeders and fewer Tillers and Gosnells)
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To: FReepers

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8 posted on 05/08/2013 10:22:30 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


9 posted on 05/08/2013 10:25:11 AM PDT by golux
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To: SeekAndFind

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..........


10 posted on 05/08/2013 10:27:42 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: SeekAndFind

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

Bill Nye

And now even Hawking.

I guess when you are a media property, why bother with real science work?


11 posted on 05/08/2013 10:28:17 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: SeekAndFind

His disease has attacked his grey matter.


12 posted on 05/08/2013 10:29:39 AM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“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.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Zechariah%2012:1-3&version=KJV

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.


13 posted on 05/08/2013 10:29:56 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: VanDeKoik

you forgot chief scientist al gore..........


14 posted on 05/08/2013 10:31:45 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

I ALMOST put him there, but he couldn’t tell his head from his rear enough to be a scientist.


15 posted on 05/08/2013 10:38:38 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: RinaseaofDs
The only reason Hawking is so highly esteemed, IMO, is precisely because he's an atheist.

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.

Pffft...

16 posted on 05/08/2013 10:40:20 AM PDT by Obadiah (High speed, low drag.)
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To: VanDeKoik
I remember when Al first got the Climate job. Hillary herself said "this is a way to get young voters interested".

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??

17 posted on 05/08/2013 10:44:32 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: DJ MacWoW

lol


18 posted on 05/08/2013 10:45:40 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: SeekAndFind

Is the guy famous for anything other than being an evoloser??


19 posted on 05/08/2013 10:45:48 AM PDT by varmintman
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To: SeekAndFind

“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”


20 posted on 05/08/2013 10:47:34 AM PDT by faithhopecharity (()
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To: SeekAndFind

How do we know what Hawkins is really saying? Sometimes it looks like a living version of Weekend at Bernies


21 posted on 05/08/2013 10:49:36 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (3 guns when you only have one arm? "I just don't want to get killed for lack of shooting back")
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To: VanDeKoik

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.


22 posted on 05/08/2013 10:54:14 AM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: SeekAndFind
Let me remind Stephen Hawking of TWO old proverbs based in eastern religion and I believe attributed to Lao Tzu.

"HE HE KNOWS DOES NOT SPEAK AND HE WHO SPEAKS DOES NOT KNOW."

also

"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.

23 posted on 05/08/2013 11:01:39 AM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: TSgt

I wonder if he would still be an atheist if those two took off their bikinis and bonked him.


24 posted on 05/08/2013 11:07:18 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: VideoDoctor
CORRECTION:

"HE WHO KNOWS DOES NOT SPEAK AND HE WHO SPEAKS DOES NOT KNOW."

25 posted on 05/08/2013 11:07:40 AM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: SeekAndFind

Israel ? I would tell them to don’t come back and don’t let the door hit ya were the good lord split ya !


26 posted on 05/08/2013 11:10:26 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


27 posted on 05/08/2013 11:23:19 AM PDT by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (Go Egypt on 0bama)
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To: SeekAndFind
It saddens me to see people INSTANTLY pile on Stephen Hawking (or any other well known person that has their actions attributed to reasons or causes by OTHER people).

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

Article Right Here on FR

According to the email sent, he cancelled his trip for health reasons on the advice of his doctor.

This is a lesson in stepping back, taking a breath, and finding out what is REALLY going on before piling on someone.

None of the sources listed quoted or produced a statement by the Professor himself (the only document apparently is the email stating "health reasons"). High profile people can have their actions hijacked by organizations that want to take advantage of these kinds of opportunities.
28 posted on 05/08/2013 11:26:36 AM PDT by Rebel_Ace (Tags?!? Tags?!? We don' neeeed no stinkin' Tags!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Seriously? Irate? I bet most aren’t even annoyed. Some might be even be relieved.


29 posted on 05/08/2013 11:38:25 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: SeekAndFind

Seriously? Irate? I bet most aren’t even annoyed. Some might be even be relieved.


30 posted on 05/08/2013 11:38:25 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: bigfootbob

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.


31 posted on 05/08/2013 11:38:57 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Exactly.
And no loss.


32 posted on 05/08/2013 11:50:33 AM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: SeekAndFind

Since it is Mr. Peres’ 90th birthday, I do wish him a Happy Birthday.


33 posted on 05/08/2013 12:37:03 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: VanDeKoik

Only thing you need to know about Bill Nye to illustrate where he’s coming from, is he’s from Seattle...’nuff said? ;)


34 posted on 05/08/2013 7:36:26 PM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: SeekAndFind

35 posted on 05/08/2013 7:40:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


36 posted on 05/08/2013 11:21:10 PM PDT by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: Seeing More Clearly Now

The facts do not matter, the left is all about power and embracing lies is one of the tactics.


37 posted on 05/08/2013 11:22:02 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Obadiah

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.

Oh well.


38 posted on 05/09/2013 3:09:29 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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