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Stephen Hawking Boycotts Israel

 

by Kevin Barrett

 

Three of my favorite musicians –  Elvis Costello, Roger Waters, and Brian Eno – are boycotting Israel. And now one of my favorite scientists, Stephen Hawking, is joining them.

I wrote to Hawking a month ago asking him to take this step:

from: Kevin Barrett <kbarrett@merr.com>
subject: please consider canceling your trip to Israel
April 7, 2013 9:18 PM

Dear Professor Hawking,

As a fan of yours  – I am among the many who bought, and the few who have read, A Brief History of Time – I am writing to request that you cancel your trip to Israel due to the genocidal policies and mindset of that pariah state.

Chris Hedges wrote, in his article “Gaza Diary,” of witnessing IDF soldiers luring children within range of their guns and shooting them for sport. A study by British Medical Journal confirmed that this is a common practice, and never punished: “Two thirds of the 621 children (two thirds under 15 years) killed at checkpoints, in the street, on the way to school, in their homes, died from small arms fire, directed in over half of cases to the head, neck and chest – the sniper’s wound…Clearly, soldiers are routinely authorised to shoot to kill children in situations of minimal or no threat.” (British Medical Journal 10/16/04)

No other nation on earth shoots children for sport as a de facto national policy.

Well over 90% of Jewish Israelis approved of Operation Cast Lead. This is a symptom of deep-seated Israeli racism. A recent poll showed that half of Israeli teens say they wouldn’t want an Arab student in the classroom with them, and 30% say they wouldn’t want a student with special needs.

Israel will become a normal society only when the world forces it to change its ways. Please help accelerate that process by canceling your trip and speaking out about the need for change.

Best

Dr.Kevin Barrett

Stephen Hawking, who is obviously smart enough to see right through the media smokescreen of pro-Israel propaganda, is also apparently brave enough to endure the slings and arrows and whines of the Zionist flacks.

Noam Chomsky is another story.

The Guardian tells us:

“Noam Chomsky, a prominent supporter of the Palestinian cause, has said that he supports the ‘boycott and divestment of firms that are carrying out operations in the occupied territories’ but that a general boycott of Israel is ‘a gift to Israeli hardliners and their American supporters'”.

WTF?!

With “prominent supporters” like Chomsky, the Palestinians hardly need enemies.

How could boycotting ALL of the “occupied territories” – the territories illegally stolen in 1948 as well as those stolen in subsequent depredations – possibly be “a gift to Israeli hardliners” ? Since when is there any difference between Israeli “hardliners” and “softliners”? They all tolerate shooting children for sport. They all supported Cast Lead. They all want to let the 1948 genocide stand. They all are equally uninterested in peace with even minimal justice (i.e. right of return with compensation). And as Helen Thomas put it so beautifully, they all must GO HOME (and then apply to the Palestinians for permission to immigrate). What part of “go home” don’t you genocidal maniacs understand?

Chomsky is notorious for his mealy-mouthed, passive-aggressive, impenetrable double-speak on the subject of 9/11-anthrax – the issue that could put a quick end to Israel if the public is ever allowed to understand it. And he speaks the same way about Palestine.  Why?

Chomsky has confessed to being a Zionist from early childhood. He has never renounced Zionism. He still apparently thinks it was fine to invade Palestine against the wishes of its inhabitants, stage the genocidal massacres and expulsions of 1948, and create an illegal entity calling itself “Israel.” Chomsky thinks it only “became quite ugly later.”

So it isn’t that Chomsky is less intelligent than Hawking.

It is just that on this one matter, he has a whole lot less integrity.

 

 

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13 Comments for “Stephen Hawking Boycotts Israel”

  1. stephanaugust

    So it isn’t that Chomsky is less intelligent than Hawking.

    Chomsky is like our politicians who would never go for an IQ test, even if it was for the sake of the people.

  2. Not impressed by Hawking’s “there is no creative intelligence” theory. What makes the grass grow and the cell divide? A kid could figure this out.

    • Ah Dublin, I’m not a kid anymore, so I couldn’t figure this out. Do cells do long division?

      Peace be upon us,
      Infidel

    • Or how do insects successfully perfom complicated engineering feats, all acting in unison, without someone giving orders or reading from some blueprint ???

      But Prof Hawking deserves salutes and support for his valorous stand against the dictates of the times.

  3. favorite scientist?

  4. Chomsky gave himself away long, long ago, on the JFK matter if nothing else, fabricating preposterous claims about how Kennedy was a real hawk and threat to the world etc.

  5. That’s a great letter sent to Hawking.

    Excerpt from an article:

    In the first year of the intifada, several human rights organizations, including the Boston-based Physicians for Human Rights, documented a pattern in which Israeli sharpshooters have targeted the eyes or knees of Palestinian children with a “clear intention to harm.” Tel Aviv University Professor Tanya Reinhart writes,

    “A common practice is shooting a rubber-coated metal bullet straight in the eye — a little game of well-trained soldiers, which requires maximum precision.”(7) Those snipers, evidently, failed to see beyond their little, glittering target the face, the person, the human child, and they “took them out” with “professionalism.”

  6. The original reason that Steven Hawkings representatives gave for his non attendance at this event was a protest at Israeli policy in Palestine. That reason has now been changed to ‘ill health’. Looks like someone or their representative has had an international phone call…

    • From the Huffington Post, excerpt from an article:

      Update: The University of Cambridge retracted its statement of Hawking joining the boycott, citing health concerns as his reason for missing the conference. But when reached for comment and clarification, university spokesman Tim Holt provided The Huffington Post with this response:

      “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.”

      • He’s not crossing the picket line! I love it!

      • No, Mr Hawking did not have any persuasion and it was the university that cited ill health.

        He has integrity and acted accordingly in making the decision not to attend. He made that public.

        • Oh and by the way, let me know If anyone still needs proof that he is a genuine genius.

      • Nice work, gentlemen…… and KB also.

        Chomsky is a world-class propagandist (read: liar) who probably couldn’t get through a college sophomore calculus class. Hawking is one smart guy. YOU do the math and decide which one is worth listening to.

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