STEPHEN HAWKING’S ACTION GIVES ISRAEL SOME ‘FOOD FOR THOUGHT’

More and more people are going to stop coming to conferences in Israel because the world, whether it’s fair or not, will not accept Israel’s continuing occupation of the Palestinians in the West Bank.
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The prophetic lesson of Stephen Hawking’s Israel boycott

There’s no question that it was wrong of the famous physicist to cancel Peres’ invitation to a conference in Israel. But that’s not really the point.

By S. Daniel Abraham *
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Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking Photo by AP
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What Stephen Hawking did was dishonorable. He accepted an invitation to the Israeli Presidential Conference and then, under pressure, withdrew.

Yes, it was a dishonorable thing to do but the most important lesson to learn is that his actions portend the face of the future.

Ironically, this conference is convened in honor of President Shimon Peres, one of Israel’s strongest voices for peace with the Palestinians.

Ironic, too, that it is Peres who has been predicting that these sorts of reactions to Israel’s occupation are destined to become more and more common.

Almost two years ago Peres voiced his fear that if Israel refuses to commit to its 1967 borders, with modifications, the world will turn against Israel in a far more substantive way than Hawking has done now.

More and more people are going to stop coming to conferences in Israel because the world, whether it’s fair or not, will not accept Israel’s continuing occupation of the Palestinians in the West Bank.

We can write Op-ed articles assuring ourselves that Hawking is a hypocrite, that he lectures in China, where the occupation of Tibet is far more brutal than Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. And he has lectured in Russia, where human rights violations are profound.

Fair or not, Israel is being judged by a different standard than Russia and China. And it will continue to be judged that way.

Even if we conclude that the world’s attitude toward Israel is hypocritical, the important question we must ask ourselves is the following: “Is the price of holding onto the West Bank worth the price of ever-increasing isolation?”

The prophet Isaiah declared that the Jewish people are to be “a light onto the nations.” And in many ways we have been. We brought into the world the idea of monotheism, of one God, in whose image every human being of every race and religion is created. The Jewish people have made extraordinary contributions to the world, and these include the Israeli scientists who created the device that enables the very ill Dr. Hawking to speak.

The Jewish people have many things of which to be proud. But ruling over 2.5 million Palestinians on the West Bank is not one of them.

The sooner Israel realizes this, the sooner they will establish two states, side by side: The State of Israel and The State of Palestine. We can all have a field day denouncing Stephen Hawking for hypocrisy, but at the end of the day what matters most is that we realize just how wrong it is to occupy a people whose leader, Mahmoud Abbas, wants to make peace with us.

What Hawking did was wrong. What we are doing is self- destructive. Maybe we can’t change Hawking’s mind but we had better learn how to change ours.

*S. Daniel Abraham is an American entrepreneur and the founder of the Center for Middle East Peace in Washington.

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6 Comments

  1. May 28, 2013 at 18:38

    […] More and more people are going to stop coming to conferences in Israel because the world, whether it's fair or not, will not accept Israel’s continuing occupation of the Palestinians in the West Ba…  […]

  2. MexterD said,

    May 28, 2013 at 20:52

    Seems like people are not allowed to change their mind.

  3. tomfromtexas said,

    May 29, 2013 at 07:24

    Not all Jewish people are bad. Zionist Jews have been kicked out of every country for a reason, many reasons, in fact. Selfish greed is the main one. This is their “last stand”. Can’t wait to be standing on their shoulders in Hell while in 9 ft. of excrement.

  4. May 29, 2013 at 08:11

    “and then, under pressure, withdrew.”
    Except that there was NO pressure! He made a decision based on supplementary infos supplied by people he trusted and admired such as Noam Chomsky.

  5. May 29, 2013 at 08:17

    “What Stephen Hawking did was dishonorable.”
    Hardly. It’s the most honourable thing he’s ever done. He stood up for justice and human rights, all things that do not really matter from n Zionist POV.

  6. lolathecur said,

    May 29, 2013 at 13:05

    Reblogged this on Lolathecur's Blog.


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