HUFFINGTON POST REOPENS THE HAWKING BDS VOTE

Change My Mind: Is Stephen Hawking’s Boycott Of Israel Fair?

The Huffington Post UK

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Stephen Hawking
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Renowned scientist and author Professor Stephen Hawking made headlines this week after he pulled out of a June conference in Israel on Wednesday.

After some initial confusion over why Professor Hawking chose not to attend the conference, hosted by the country’s president Shimon Peres, it emerged through a statement, approved by the celebrated physicist, that his withdrawal was for political reasons, and not for health reasons as was believed.

The University of Cambridge had alleged on Wednesday that his reasons for non-attendance were purely health related, but was later forced into a volte-face.

Hawking’s withdrawal raised a debate: Is a boycott the right course of action? What do you think?

Below, campaigner and author Ben White blogs on how boycotts can change political landscapes, while former adviser to Benjamin Netanyahu Tzahi Gavrieli blogs on why it’s wrong for Hawking to “boycott an entire people”.

 

Can either of them change your mind?

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Go to the Huffington Post to vote and to take part in the debate as well…

6 Comments

  1. brian said,

    May 12, 2013 at 05:40

    while former adviser to Benjamin Netanyahu Tzahi Gavrieli blogs on why it’s wrong for Hawking to “boycott an entire people”.

    but its OK to imprison an entire people? Gaza

  2. Lou said,

    May 12, 2013 at 19:44

    Hawking is not boycotting a people. Both the Jews and Arabs are decent people as are the Russians, Americans and ALL people.

    Hawking is making a statement. He is saying what the leaders of Israel are doing to the Palestinian people is wrong. It is egregiously, notoriously wrong and worthy of world wide recognition. Please note MANY Israelis agree with Hawking.

  3. May 12, 2013 at 19:53

    Stephen Hawking has no shortage of awards and prizes for his intellectual accomplishments, but if anyone from the Nobel Peace Prize committee is reading this, I am certain there is a blank space still available on Hawking’s wall!

  4. Kit Holz said,

    May 12, 2013 at 23:37

    Who wants the Nobel Prize! That puts you in the line with Kissinger, Obama and a group of other goons.

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