ZIONISM’s LIES AND WISHFUL THINKING WON’T STOP THE BDS MOVEMENT

Israel Maimon, chairman of the Israeli Presidential Conference, said on Wednesday that Hawking’s decision was “outrageous and wrong”.

 

“The use of an academic boycott against Israel is outrageous and improper, particularly for those to whom the spirit of liberty is the basis of the human and academic mission,” he said.

 

“Israel is a democracy in which everyone can express their opinion, whatever it may be. A boycott decision is incompatible with open democratic discourse.”

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The Palestine Chronical proudly reports

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Stephen Hawking ‘Backs Israel Boycott’

Hawking was due to appear at the conference, hosted by Shimon Peres, the Israeli president. (Photo: EPA via Aljazeera)
Hawking was due to appear at the conference, hosted by Shimon Peres, the Israeli president. (Photo: EPA via Aljazeera)

British cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking has announced his withdrawal from an Israeli conference in Jerusalem, prompting reports that he is supporting an academic boycott on the country.

Hawking was due to appear at the conference, hosted by Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, but his name was recently dropped from the list of speakers.

A statement on the website of the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine said: “We understand that Professor Stephen Hawking has declined his invitation to attend the Israeli Presidential Conference, Facing Tomorrow 2013, due to take place in Jerusalem on 18-20 June.

“This is his independent decision to respect the boycott, based upon his knowledge of Palestine, and on the unanimous advice of his own academic contacts there.”

Agencies reported that the University of Cambridge, where Hawking works, confirmed the statement had been approved by the professor.

Israel Maimon, chairman of the Israeli Presidential Conference, said on Wednesday that Hawking’s decision was “outrageous and wrong”.

“The use of an academic boycott against Israel is outrageous and improper, particularly for those to whom the spirit of liberty is the basis of the human and academic mission,” he said.

“Israel is a democracy in which everyone can express their opinion, whatever it may be. A boycott decision is incompatible with open democratic discourse.”

Not for ‘Health Reasons’

 

The University of Cambridge initially cited health reasons for the change of plans.

“For health reasons, his doctors said he should not be flying at the moment so he’s decided not to attend,” university spokesman Tim Holt said in a statement earlier on Wednesday

University officials later said that they had “previously understood” that Hawking’s decision was based solely on health concerns – he is 71 and has severe disabilities – but had now been told otherwise by Hawking’s office.

Hawking’s decision means that one of the world’s most famous scientists has joined a boycott organized to protest Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

The presidential conference traditionally draws hundreds of leading world figures, including Tony Blair in 2011 and George W Bush in the inaugural conference in 2008.

Numerous figures from the world of art and entertainment have also refused to perform in Israel in recent years as part of an effort to promote the Palestinian cause, including musicians Elvis Costello and Stevie Wonder, and actors Dustin Hoffman and Meg Ryan.

Israel has also been boycotted by athletes, with basketball star Karem Abdul-Jabbar cancelling a trip in 2012 and Tunisian fencing champion Sara Besbes refusing to take part in a competition in Italy rather than face an Israeli fencer.

(Agencies and AlJazeera)

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Mondoweiss expands on the lies spread by zion …

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‘The policy of the present Israeli government is likely to lead to disaster’: Stephen Hawking pulls out of conference hosted by Shimon Peres, backs academic boycott of Israel (Updated)

by Adam Horowitz
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Professor Stephen Hawking visiting staff and students at Birzeit University, Palestine in 2006.
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Churchill College, Cambridge)

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Update, May 8, 11:36 AM:

The pro-Israel website CiF Watch has published this statement from Tim Holt, Acting Director of Communications at Cambridge, confirming Hawking’s decision was out of support for the academic boycott:

“We have now received confirmation from Professor Hawking’s office that a letter was sent on Friday to the Israeli President’s office regarding his decision not to attend the Presidential Conference, based on advice from Palestinian academics that he should respect the boycott.

“We had understood previously that his decision was based purely on health grounds having been advised by doctors not to fly.”

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has published a part of the letter Hawking sent to conference organizers:

“I have received a number of emails from Palestinian academics. 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.”

Update, May 8, 11:22 AM:

British Committee for the Universities for Palestine (BRICUP) has issued the following clarification of Stephen Hawking’s decision to boycott Shimon Peres’s President’s Conference. The statement below reaffirms that Hawking’s decision to back the academic boycott was “based upon his knowledge of Palestine, and on the unanimous advice of his own academic contacts there.”

From BRICUP:

UPDATE 8 May: The statement above has been issued with the specific endorsement of Professor Hawking’s office. His staff sent us the following message on 7 May “Just spoken to Tim [Tim Holt, Acting Director of Communications for Cambridge University] and we are both in agreement with the quote – and as you say – sensible to get this out rather than a lot of differing opinions.” We have seen the letter that Professor Hawking sent to the Jerusalem organisers giving his clear reasons for not attending and are seeking his permission to release the letter but will not do so until we have his approval. We regret the misinformation being circulated about this matter.

Michael Kalman reports over Twitter that Cambridge is about to retract the statement that Hawking backed out over health concerns:

Update, May 8, 9:00 AM:

There is conflicting reporting around Hawking’s cancellation. Haaretz is reportingthe University of Cambridge has said the cancellation was due to health reasons:

World-renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking canceled his participation in an Israeli academic conference next month due to health and personal reasons and not as a boycott of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, the University of Cambridge said on Wednesday.

The university’s statement came after The Guardian reported that Hawking decided to skip the Israeli Presidential Conference, hosted by President Shimon Peres, as a form of boycott. . .

But Tim Holt, media director at the University of Cambridge spokesman, said Hawking’s decision was based strictly on health concerns.

“For health reasons, his doctors said he should not be flying at the moment so he’s decided not to attend,” said Holt. “He is 71-years-old. He’s fine, but he has to be sensible about what he can do.”

A University of Cambridge statement released earlier Wednesday cited “personal reasons” for his decision.

Yet, Reuters is reporting, similar to the Guardian, that Hawking’s cancellation is in fact a protest. Reuters says Cambridge confirms that this British Committee for the Universities for Palestine (BRICUP) statement was approved by Hawking:

However, his name was quietly dropped from the list of participants earlier this week, giving a major boost to supporters of pro-Palestinian groups that want to isolate Israel on the international stage over the continued occupation.

“This is his independent decision to respect the boycott, based upon his knowledge of Palestine, and on the unanimous advice of his own academic contacts there,” the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine said on its website.

Cambridge University, where Hawking works, confirmed that the statement had been approved by the professor. Hawking did not issue any statement in his own name.

Here is the full BRICUP statement:

We understand that Professor Stephen Hawking has declined his invitation to attend the Israeli Presidential Conference Facing Tomorrow 2013, due to take place in Jerusalem on 18-20 June. This is his independent decision to respect the boycott, based upon his knowledge of Palestine, and on the unanimous advice of his own academic contacts there.

Original Post:

The Guardian reports:

Professor Stephen Hawking is backing the academic boycott of Israel by pulling out of a conference hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem as a protest at Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

Hawking, 71, the world-renowned theoretical physicist and Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, had accepted an invitation to headline the fifth annual president’s conference, Facing Tomorrow, in June, which features major international personalities, attracts thousands of participants and this year will celebrate Peres’s 90th birthday.

Hawking is in very poor health, but last week he wrote a brief letter to the Israeli president to say he had changed his mind. He has not announced his decision publicly, but a statement published by the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine with Hawking’s approval described it as “his independent decision to respect the boycott, based upon his knowledge of Palestine, and on the unanimous advice of his own academic contacts there”.

Hawking’s decision marks another victory in the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions targeting Israeli academic institutions.

The Guardian adds that Peres’s office did not respond to a request for comment on the story.

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Outrage over disgusting ‘cripple Stephen Hawking’ jokes after he joins boycott of Israel

WORLD renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has faced a barrage of vile abuse today from people furious over his boycott of Israel.
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The tirade of criticism came after the highly-respected Cambridge professor joined an academic embargo by refusing to attend a conference hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres.

Professor Hawking was to take part in the Facing Tomorrow annual conference planned to be held in June but pulled out in protest at the treatment of Palestinians.

“Hawking has made an independent decision to respect the boycott, based upon his knowledge of Palestine, and on the unanimous advice of his own academic contacts there,” the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine said.

Reacting angrily to the Professor’s decision to join the academic boycott, pro-Israeli users voiced their outrage on social media sites.

“The anti-Semite Stephen Hawking can’t even wipe his own a**,” one sick user posted.

“He should die already!,” another said, while one user said Professor Hawking – widely considered one of the most intelligent men in the world today – is “also crippled in the head.”

“Someone should release the hand brake when he’s on a hill,” another vile post read.

Disgusted users condemned the revolting abuse, describing it as a “festival of hate.”

Professor Hawking’s move follows a boycott of Israel by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland and by the American members of the Association for Asian American Studies.

In 2009, Professor Hawking had also condemned the three-week onslaught on Gaza, saying the response to firing of rockets from the coastal strip was “plain out of proportion … The situation is like that of [Apartheid] South Africa before 1990 and cannot continue”.

The Israeli Ambassador to London, Daniel Taub, said: “The price that democratic societies all pay is freedom of speech, even for outrageous and objectionable opinions.

“This is why it is so important to encourage intelligent debate and discussion – and why it is such a shame that Professor Hawking will not be able to joining in such open dialogue at the President’s Conference.”

8 Comments

  1. May 9, 2013 at 17:07

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  2. Redpossum said,

    May 9, 2013 at 19:10

    “Israel is a democracy in which everyone can express their opinion, whatever it may be. A boycott decision is incompatible with open democratic discourse.”

    This paragraph is laughable. And what’s even funnier, (in a gallows humor sort of way), is that the person uttering this nonsense is apparently oblivious to the massive internal contradiction.

    They say everyone can express their opinion, then in the same breath say that it’s unacceptable for someone to express their opinion by boycotting their illegal occupation state.

    Hello? Hello? Reality calling Zionists, come in Zionists…

  3. Cranford Ducain said,

    May 9, 2013 at 20:04

    “Israel is a democracy in which everyone can express their opinion, whatever it may be. A boycott decision is incompatible with open democratic discourse.”

    What they are really saying is : ” This is a democracy and you are always free to express ‘our’ opinion. Just don’t get caught expressing your own.”

  4. Yeims said,

    May 9, 2013 at 21:31

    As suggested in this article, these comments made by Zionists are quite positive in that they really help polarize opinion against them, and add mass and momentum to the BDS movement. I only wish the movement would move faster and stronger.

  5. Kim Smith said,

    May 10, 2013 at 00:08

    I support the boycott. The destruction of Tel-Aviv would be a good start to get the point across! Apartheid and ethnic cleansing are not “Democratic values”

  6. Bluesman said,

    May 10, 2013 at 14:41

    If Israel was a legitimate democracy, why is there no “right of return” or “birthright” for the Palestinians???

    QED Israel is shown absolutely to be an apartheid state, not a true democracy at all (because rights are irrefutably given and/or withdrawn on religious/ethnic grounds (which funnily enough is exactly how apartheid is defined in international law)

  7. KD said,

    May 10, 2013 at 18:16

    Make note of the tirade and the similarities to what you see in comments whenever Israel is justly criticized. Same people, same MO.

  8. May 12, 2013 at 19:16

    “The academic boycott against Israel is in our view outrageous and improper, certainly for someone for whom the spirit of liberty lies at the basis of his human and academic mission,” conference chairman Israel Maimon said in a statement.


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