Why Stephen Hawking made a mistake backing Israel boycott

Full story: The Washington Post

The University of Cambridge, Hawking's academic home for decades, initially said he was pulling out for health reasons - Hawking is almost completely paralyzed from Lou Gehrig's disease - but later said it was a decision Hawking made "based on advice from Palestinian academics that he should respect the boycott," the Associated Press reported .
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Black Shuck

Harrow, UK

#112 May 12, 2013
Keith S wrote:
Yuri is Russian. 2012 award went to Nima Arkani-Hamed. I'd say he couldn't give a poop if Hawkings finds Israel a buch of savages.
Maybe he wouldn't. Doesn't make HAWKING - not Hawkings or Hawkins - any less of a hypocrite taking money from a major investor in Israel, and someone who obviously cares enough for Israel cause to attend the very event Hawking is boycotting.

Case in point, during the apartheid in SA, many people chose to boycott Barclays as they had investments in there.

I don't think you fully appreciate the concept of 'boycott', do you?
Keith S wrote:
Still havn't proved that Hawkins VoiceBox was developed in Israel either.
Why don't you take it up with the person who made that comment.
benF

Northampton, UK

#113 May 12, 2013
Keith S wrote:
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Yuri is Russian. 2012 award went to Nima Arkani-Hamed. I'd say he couldn't give a poop if Hawkings finds Israel a buch of savages. It's a science prize not a politiacl one. Still havn't proved that Hawkins VoiceBox was developed in Israel either. Are you capable of honesty?
Though not.
ref chip in Hawking communications device:

proof,well iv'e read about it several times most recently in today's Sunday Times, an article by Rod Liddle.

are you suggesting that the Times would print lies about such an high profile person?

or are you telling us you have better researchers than the Sunday Times employ?

didn't think so.
MaltaMon

Philadelphia, PA

#114 May 12, 2013
Brit Expat wrote:
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Do you know? Organized religion is a mere 5000 years old!
Dogs have been mans best friend for over 76,000 years.
Who has the real brains? I vote for the dog!
The comedian Jerry Seinfeld used to wonder out loud in his early stand-up act which species, humans or dogs, aliens from another planet would regard as the more intelligent if they landed to find humans following their dogs and picking up their excrement.
MaltaMon

Philadelphia, PA

#115 May 12, 2013
AnthonyR wrote:
It's weird to see that Americans arn't as dumb as UK media paint them out to be re. the post by MaltaMon. Though one or two such as the rabbee believes that fascism is the way forward.
Sorry rabbee individuals are free to hold whatever political stance they want to over here. If you don't like freedom and democracy, move to Israel.
Lol. I wasn't aware that the UK media portray all Americans as dumb. There are perhaps too many of us who are uninformed.
Black Shuck

Harrow, UK

#116 May 12, 2013
MaltaMon wrote:
<quoted text> Lol. I wasn't aware that the UK media portray all Americans as dumb.
It doesn't.

It's more than likely that idiot only watches MTV.
Keith S

London, UK

#117 May 12, 2013
People who hang on to this backward G-D crap are C--TS
Keith S

London, UK

#118 May 12, 2013
Black Shuck wrote:
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It doesn't.
It's more than likely that idiot only watches MTV.
Isn't over 50% that don't believe in evoloution? Not the media to blame really half of them are unschooled simpletons.

MaltaMon

Philadelphia, PA

#119 May 12, 2013
Keith S wrote:
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Isn't over 50% that don't believe in evoloution? Not the media to blame really half of them are unschooled simpletons.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =CW9G2YVtBYcXX
No, that's not correct.
Black Shuck

Harrow, UK

#120 May 12, 2013
Keith S wrote:
Isn't over 50% that don't believe in evoloution?
Only 25%(and falling) specifically don't believe in evolution. 39%(and rising) do. 36% have no opinion either way, and the remaining 1% don't know.
Keith S wrote:
Not the media to blame really half of them are unschooled simpletons.
Uneducated simpletons who can't spell the word 'evolution'?
MaltaMon

Philadelphia, PA

#121 May 12, 2013
Even among Republicans, who count among their numbers virtually all fundamentalist Christians, the percentage is in the low thirties. That "more than 50%" comment is evidence that it isn't just Americans who can be woefully uninformed. It's easy to just "make shit up", as they say.
rabbee yehoshooah adam

Denver, CO

#122 May 12, 2013
Brit Expat wrote:
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Do you know? Organized religion is a mere 5000 years old!
Dogs have been mans best friend for over 76,000 years.
Who has the real brains? I vote for the dog!
rabbee: and over the course of this present 5773, years has any organized religion been actually right according to G-D? with only about a thousands years left, before TheStory ends and beguins again with Noach. if you think you have or can, altered TheLiving Story from G-D. for this world, refusing to be here in IT.

then you might just want to, re-think and reconsider that. because what you think, is what all the other generations and their grandmother errantly thought. and you cannot ever, get out of the mess you have made. with the same kind of errant, thinking that got you all into this. and this is this world's and your grandmother's, third strike out. for the more you, reject G-D here in TheStory. the more shall you be, rejected from ever being here in IT.

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#123 May 12, 2013
Rabbee, you can put your mind at rest, in spite of what the other Jew-haters here are saying, because G-D declared thousands of years ago in Genesis that "Judah (the Jewish State) will be like a young lion in the midst of his enemies in the latter days." This is an exact description of Israel today which is an isolated state surrounded by enemies but stronger than all of them put together. And you have G-D's guarantee that this will remain so till the end of time, although big trouble is also prophesied in the Middle East which will trigger WW3.
SLC

Falls Church, VA

#124 May 12, 2013
tha Professor wrote:
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Yes, amazingly there are these things called "nicknames" we use here which don't necessarily reflect who we are in real life. Congratulations! I am indeed no professor. Good call.
As to your opinion of Hawking, believe what you like...but if you express it in such a vulgar, insulting and demeaning way, you're going to find yourself getting your own vulgarity slung back at you. No one said you're not "entitled" to anything, including being a moron. But I'm just as entitled to answer you.
Israel has the worst human rights record in the Middle East, engage in illegal detention, torture, a virtual apartheid policy toward the Palestinians whose lands they stole, invade other nations or war with them or launch attacks on them at will, are a stealth nuclear power who threaten the balance of power in the region and virtually forbid any other Middle Eastern nation from getting nuclear weapons...but they're OK with you. Assassinations, targeted strikes, all-out massacres like Cast Lead...all good with you! Oh, but let those nasty Palestinians fire a few rockets or declare their desire to eliminate Israel from the scene, and it's an outrage, an OUTRAGE!
Screw you and your politics and your "respect." Hawking's right to do this.
Ah gee, the Professor seems to be overlooking the current activities in Syria where some 80,000 people have so far been killed in the ongoing civil war there. Whatever the transgression of the Government of Israel, they pale into insignificance compared to the mullahs in Iran and the Assad kleptocracy in Syria.
SLC

Falls Church, VA

#125 May 12, 2013
I think that a talkback to an article in a Ynetnews story about a Knesset member, Hanen Zoabi, suing the Government of Israel over the withdrawal of certain privileges is apropos here. She accused the government of oppressing her. One of the talkbacks was from someone in Syria who advised here to relocate to Damascus where she would find out what oppression really was.
SLC

Falls Church, VA

#126 May 12, 2013
Dumb Jew wrote:
Dr David Duke exposes these filthy vermins and their hatred.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =qNMFZZOOZLgXX
David Duke is a murdering rapist.

“So long to you, Righties”

Since: Jan 12

keep suckin' and whiffin'!

#127 May 13, 2013
Black Shuck wrote:
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Opinions, opinions, opinions. Albeit a racist ones.
Name one Western democracy that genuinely believes Israel to have the worst human rights records of the middle east, O professor of bigotry.
One.
I'm not speaking for other countries, dumbass, I'm speaking for myself. Deal with it.

Oh, and when you do? Don't call me a "racist," neither Zionist nor Jewish is a "race." Dumbass.

“So long to you, Righties”

Since: Jan 12

keep suckin' and whiffin'!

#128 May 13, 2013
SLC wrote:
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Ah gee, the Professor seems to be overlooking the current activities in Syria where some 80,000 people have so far been killed in the ongoing civil war there. Whatever the transgression of the Government of Israel, they pale into insignificance compared to the mullahs in Iran and the Assad kleptocracy in Syria.
Syria's record has been worse since their civil war erupted and their government began slaughtering its citizens, sure. But over the last 60 years, I'll stack Israel's failings up against anyone's.

Iraq would be the only other likely contender. How many people has Iran killed or tortured or oppressed? Sorry, they're not in Israel's league.

“So long to you, Righties”

Since: Jan 12

keep suckin' and whiffin'!

#129 May 13, 2013
Zuiko wrote:
Rabbee, you can put your mind at rest, in spite of what the other Jew-haters here are saying, because G-D declared thousands of years ago in Genesis that "Judah (the Jewish State) will be like a young lion in the midst of his enemies in the latter days." This is an exact description of Israel today which is an isolated state surrounded by enemies but stronger than all of them put together. And you have G-D's guarantee that this will remain so till the end of time, although big trouble is also prophesied in the Middle East which will trigger WW3.
I can guarantee you that the Bible's take on the current Middle East is completely irrelevant, and that anything which seems to make sense is mere coincidence.

Shepherds from 2000 years ago didn't foretell the future. Nor is there any such thing as the 'latter days' except in Christian mythology.
MaltaMon

Pottstown, PA

#130 May 13, 2013
tha Professor wrote:
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I can guarantee you that the Bible's take on the current Middle East is completely irrelevant, and that anything which seems to make sense is mere coincidence.
Shepherds from 2000 years ago didn't foretell the future. Nor is there any such thing as the 'latter days' except in Christian mythology.
Hear! Hear! Coincidence is the only explanation possible to those who live in the real world. Those who don't likely would claim to have found Oz at the end of a rainbow. This sort of fantasy is what maintains the anger, the visceral contempt.
rabbee yehoshooah adam

Denver, CO

#131 May 13, 2013
tha Professor wrote:
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Syria's record has been worse since their civil war erupted and their government began slaughtering its citizens, sure. But over the last 60 years, I'll stack Israel's failings up against anyone's.
Iraq would be the only other likely contender. How many people has Iran killed or tortured or oppressed? Sorry, they're not in Israel's league.
rabbee: then so shall you be judged, as the same failure as the whole world thrice failied. with your lies, being no less evil and wicked than any other theirs.

when your lack of truth, is the cause of all hell and death also. no different than, anyone elses lacking it from G-D.

so are you going to be like, the rest of this world. and lie about it, with more denials that you are also as innocent as they.

are you going to argue, like everyone eles does? that i TheHisSon am in error. and your not the errant one against TheHis truth in TheTorah?

and use only your, mental magic lacking evidence. to try and to make yourself appear, to be the only real truth against G-D.

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