Skip to comments.Stephen Hawking accused of hypocrisy over Israel conference boycott
Posted on 05/09/2013 7:06:21 AM PDT by ilcenter
Stephen Hawking's decision to boycott an Israeli conference in protest at the state's 46-year occupation of Palestine was derided as hypocritical by some, who pointed out that the celebrated scientist and author uses Israeli technology in the computer equipment that allows him to function.
Hawking, 71, has suffered from motor neurone disease for the past 50 years, and relies on a computer-based system to communicate.
According to Shurat HaDin, an Israel law centre which represents victims of terrorism, the equipment has been provided by the hi-tech firm, Intel, since 1997.
"Hawking's decision to join the boycott of Israel is quite hypocritical for an individual who prides himself on his whole intellectual accomplishment. His whole computer-based communications system runs on a chip designed by Israel's Intel team. I suggest if he truly wants to pull out of Israel he should also pull out his Intel Core i7 from his tablet," said Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of Shurat HaDin.
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Brilliant people can still be stupid on occasion. We are all, after all, only humans.
Stephen Hawking is a bum.
Obviously a useful idiot. May someone take his computer away, and remind him that it is due to his boycott of Israel.
Can the Israeli company that built the system send a shutdown order to the computer?
Hawkins has already said this is bunk. He had to cancel for health reasons. Not a boycott.
Hawking. Just found another article that says he is boycotting. Never mind.
I am sure Hawkings boycotted everything British over Northern Ireland.
Excellent illustration of the difference between knowledge and wisdom.
A good guess is that Hawking really probably oughtta' avoid PO-ing people.
Well, he sure isn’t beating back the incorrect publicity on this.
don't care if this is insensitive or not pc but i can hear it now.
Israeli companies make the #1 and #2 ALS medications and treatments on the market. This little douchebag probably takes one or more of them. Perhaps they should boycott him by denying him those medications. Let him get his drugs from the Arabs he loves so much.
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