Stephen Hawking Boycotts Israel

Ari Lieberman is an attorney and former prosecutor.


HORIZON - THE HAWKING PARADOXThis past week, Stephen Hawking, the ALS-afflicted physicist and hypocrite, announced that in deference to Palestinian “academics” (a more appropriate term would be propagandists) he would not attend a conference hosted in Israel. Proponents of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement rejoiced at the news and the discredited New York Times noted that Hawking’s provocative action is, “likely to help the anti-Israel campaigners significantly.”

Ironically, Hawking’s voice activated device that enables him to communicate, utilizes microprocessors developed in Israel. In addition, Israeli scientists and universities are on the cusp of cutting edge research on ALS, the disease that afflicts Hawking. I’m certain that once those breakthroughs are achieved, Hawking would have no moral qualms about receiving Israeli medical treatment just as he has no reservations about utilizing Israeli voice enabling technologies.

But beyond Hawking’s sheer hypocrisy in utilizing Israeli technology to improve his own quality of life is his insincerity in boycotting the Middle East’s only democracy while ignoring the Arab world’s depravity, xenophobia, homophobia and misogyny. Hawking has provided ample example of Britain’s transition from old-school anti-Semitism to what famed human rights activist Natan Sharansky described as new anti-Semitism, a malevolent form of anti-Semitism masquerading as anti-Zionism.

The hullabaloo over Hawking’s announcement is also demonstrative of the BDS’s colossal failure. Since its inception in 2005, the BDS movement and its founder, Omar Barghouti – a Joseph Goebbels reincarnation – have failed miserably in their nefarious attempts to demonize and ostracize the Jewish State. Israel continues to flourish culturally, academically, economically and politically while its Islamic Arab neighbors continue their descent into blackness and medieval backwardness.

Significantly, during the week of Hawking’s asinine pronouncements three major events occurred that vastly overshadowed the useful idiot’s duplicitous insincerities. First, Israel and China signed a $400 million trade agreement, which expands existing trade and financial agreements between the two countries to more than $2 billion. Second, Facebook is in advanced talks to acquire the Israeli mobile satellite navigation start-up Waze for $1 billion. And third, Warren Buffett bought the rest of Iscar, an Israeli maker of metal cutting tools for $2.05 billion. Buffet had previously purchased an 80% stake in Iscar for $4 billion. The Iscar acquisition represents the first time in Berkshire’s history that it acquired a company based outside of the United States.

The fact that these significant developments did not make the same splash as Hawking’s inanity is testament to the fact that they occur with such regular frequency that they have been transformed into mundane everyday events. The BDS movement, for all its clatter, has little to show for its success and must thus grasp at straws, touting obscure “poets” like Gil Scott-Heron as one its automatons while neglecting to note that the majority of today’s leading artists including, Justin Bieber, 50 Cent, Rihanna, Elton John, Rod Stewart and Madonna, have performed in Israel in the last few years. Pit Bull, Alicia Keys and Barbara Streisand plan to perform this summer.

Today’s malevolent enemies of freedom, like Barghouti and his BDS campaign, are more bark than bite. In eight relentless years, they’ve failed to move the campaign beyond the fringe or even scratch the surface of Israel’s economy. Like the infamous Goebbels and his Nazis, Barghouti’s and his BDS are destined for the trash heap of history.

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  • PowertodaPeople1848

    If the world's smartest man sees the Zionist Entity for what it is, you neocon bozos know that you're losing the battle. With any luck, "Israel" won't be around much longer. Free Palestine, every centimetre of land! Khazars go back to Khazaria!

    • UCSPanther

      Israel has been having all the luck, while your beloved Arab states are still wallowing in self-inflicted misery.

      Chew on that, troll.

      • PowertodaPeople1848

        Not for long. The world is waking up to Zionist crimes. "Israel" is becoming a pariah state, just like South Africa before it.

        • Defcon 4

          The hilariously stupid and ignorant implicit assumption being that Israel is an apartheid state. Aw gee Farid Al F'ingstan, it would seem to me that Soddy Barbaria would qualify as the ultimate apartheid state, because no other religion may be practiced there and the only citizens are Soddy Barbarians, and everyone not a Soddy Barbarian gets treated as a second class citizen, or worse yet, a slave.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          NakbatodaUmmah,

          1,500 million islamofascists can't defeat 12 million JOOOZ?

          Is that what's gnawing at you?

          Well get used to it LOOOZER.

          And Happy Eternal Nakba you Dumb Sack fo SHlTler!

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "If the world's smartest man sees…"

      If the "world's smartest man" sees a bloody camel head in his bed with a warning to take certain positions, he'll probably give in because everyone knows what it means to have that experience.

    • Zionista

      ISRAEL is here to stay – happy eternal nakba you slimy troll

    • ziontruth

      "Khazars go back to Khazaria!"

      Racist neo-Nazi scum go back to Hell!

      • PowertodaPeople1848

        I'm an anti-racist, dude, which is why I oppose the racist ideology known as Zionism. The fanatical fascist Jews in "Israel" are the closest thing to Nazis in the modern world.

        • zionist

          stop pretending you have something against Hitler. you know you like him. In fact Hitler had a good relationship with the Arabs. The first leader of the Palestinians was a Nazi war criminal who spent all his time in Europe during ww2 collaborating with Hitler

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          I'm an anti-racist too, comrade, which is why I oppose the racist ideology known as paleswinianism and socialism.

          The fanatical fascist Islamofascists in "Pal-e-SWINE" are the closest thing to Nazis in the modern world.

    • defcon 4

      Obviously he's not "the world's smartest man."

      • johnnywoods

        "The world`s smartest man" is actually a braying jackass.

        • Defcon 4

          Admittedly, it may be difficult for Hawkins to bray like a jackass — unless they've updated his software.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Free Palestine, every centimetre of land!"

      Free the world of Islamic colonialism. Every square micron.

    • zionist

      you want to judge by intelligence? lets see the is about 150 jewish noble prize winners and 0 arab ones even though arabs out number jews by about 30 times. Israel ranks first in the world in research and development percapita first in the world college degrees percapita first in the world medical patents perdcapita. more companies on the US nasdaq than every country except US and China. like the the article points out Hawkings uses Israeli tech in his communication device. Mean while the arabs are a the bottom of the world in education and progress. Spain translates more books a year than the Arabs have in the last 1000 years

    • guest

      palestinian woman are the 3rd most obese
      palestinians men 8th fatest slugs on the planet
      palestinians have 1 of the highest birth rates in the world .
      paletinians in the westbank and gaza live better then most muslims in the world .
      50% of muslims can not read or write use their left hands as toilet paper
      and live on less then 2.00 a day …
      if the jews acted like nazis 1 little bit why are we up to our arm pitts with unwanted muslims

    • Cassandra

      God bless and protect Israel form the thugs like you.

  • JewishVoice4Peace

    Bravo, Professor Hawking! Boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel until it ends its illegal and racist occupation!

    • Hank Rearden

      In fact, this is a great opportunity for Hawking to go all the way and utilize only Islamic medical care and medicines for his ALS!

      BDS Jewish medical care!!!

    • UCSPanther

      To spite idiots like you BDS "crusaders", I will go out of my way to purchase Israeli-made goods.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Bravo, Professor Hawking! Boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel until it ends its illegal and racist occupation!"

      Say, why not "go all the way" for peace and volunteer to work in Saudi Arabia as a house slave and then blog all about it? Peace is so awesome, don't forget to visualize it!

      • defcon 4

        I'm so tired of US companies kowtowing to islamofascism, I'd buy all my goods from Israeli companies given half the chance to do so.

    • Zionista

      show me a paleostonian hospital that treats Jews like Israeli hospitals treat the arabs – then show me how many churches and synagogues are in saudi arabia. You really are a useful idiot.

      • defcon 4

        Would anyone Jewish really want to be treated in a hospital run by paleswine?

    • ziontruth

      JewishVoice4ArabColonialism,

      There will be no peace in the region until the Arabs end their illegal colonization of Palestine, the indigenous territory of the Jewish nation, the one and only true Palestinian nation. No peace without justice!

    • PowertodaPeople1848

      Right on, brother, though if you really want to make a difference for Palestine, you should convince your Zionist co-religionists of their twisted ways.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Right on, brother, though if you really want to make a difference for Palestine, you should convince your Zionist co-religionists of their twisted ways."

        The 2 of you should move to Saudi Arabia and live openly as a gay couple. That would work out great. Then you can rant and rave about how evil America is.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        NakbatodaUmmah,

        We saw your typical islamofascist – bombing the Boston Marathon.

        Your actions doom you.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Sanctimonious JewishVoice4Peace,

      Where is your sister organization – MUSLIMVoice4Peace?

    • Cassandra

      You are a traitor to the Jewish race. God bless Israel, Zionism and protect them for ever.

  • Chezwick

    ARI: "Hawking has provided ample example of Britain’s transition from old-school anti-Semitism to what famed human rights activist Natan Sharansky described as new anti-Semitism, a malevolent form of anti-Semitism masquerading as anti-Zionism."

    Bat Ye'or refers to the phenomenon as 'Palestinianism'….which is essentially the adoption of the Palestinian narrative. The apologists studiously avoid linking Palestinianism with Islam….they present it through a narrow prism, one where Israel brutalizes and Palestinians suffer.

    Just remember folks, when the anti-Zionists roll out their anti-Semitic disclaimer (as they always do), remind them that Zionism is simply the Jewish national liberation movement,…and that if they support all other national liberation movements, their opposition to Zionism is a distinction that can only be explained via anti-Semitism.

    • defcon 4

      It's interesting to note that Martin Luther King saw the anti-Zionist smokescreen-lie for what it was some 50 years ago.

      • Chezwick

        King's quote linking anti-Zionism to antisemitism has been challenged as fraudulent. There are those who concede but insist that the words reflected King's actual thinking on the matter. I'm not sure what to believe, but like you, I'd rather give him the benefit of the doubt.

        • ziggyzoggy

          King's MULTIPLE quotes and letters that exposed anti-Zionism as anti-Semitism are challenged by racist scum only.

        • Defcon 4

          I can imagine the kind of people who challenge King's statements on this matter. Nation of Islam anyone?

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            NOI – Nazis Of Islam.

    • ghk

      you're either an idiot, chezwick, or a bad man (- or, as so often happens, both).

  • Chezwick

    One additional point. I think it's a mistake for Ari to crow about the failures of the BDS movement. It's an ever-present danger to Israel….and could at any time gather new momentum. It must be fought tenaciously, as much as any real war. Israel's political and economic isolation might very well compel the Israelis into territorial compromises that could endanger its viability as a nation….and as a refuge for Jews world-wide. With the mainstreaming of anti-semitism in Europe, Israel is needed now more than ever.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    It is important to note that the head of the BDS snake is the ISM. Without its fig leaf cover the rest of the hate-filled train would come to a screeching halt. How do I know this, let me count the ways, but not before letting the readers know that there ARE ways to hold its umbrella organ to account…seek and you shall find – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/28/the-assorted-

    Have been involved with their "outing" for years!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • guest

    I think it's grotesque that this man is a public person. I don't want to be mean to him, but I wish I didn't have to look at him. I guess I don't really, but still. I think his physics is ridiculous.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      He's a real-life Chauncey Gardiner.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Being_There

      So is 0'Bama in many ways.

    • PowertodaPeople1848

      "I think his physics is ridiculous." And what qualifies you to make that determination, you mental midget? Your disgusting sentiments towards this brilliant man who happens to suffer from a debilitating neuromotor disease is so typical of neocon-Zionist morality. You people make me sick.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "You people make me sick."

        Great. Yet another reason for you to move to Saudi Arabia and stay away from us. Need any help funding the trip? I'll have your tickets waiting for you at the counter.

      • Defcon 4

        Do you really think no one can see through your infantile attempt to disguise your Jew hatred? You're not half as smart as half of what you give yourself credit for.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        NakbatodaUmmah,

        Seems that the Professors disease has affected his thinking.

        Who does he think bombed London transport on 7/7/05?
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7_July_2005_London_b

        Who does the professor think bombed Pan Am 103?
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_Am_103

  • ze-ev ben jehudah

    Cobbler stick to what you do best.
    By the way,you would not have been able to utter one sillabel without the microprocessors
    made in Israel. The books you wrote whom I bought are in the dustbin.
    How can such a clever man be such a moron.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      He's British.

    • Cassandra

      Because he is blinded by hatred. The devil speaks to him very day and night.

  • Zionista

    This shriveled up troll is ugly and twisted inside and out.

  • defcon 4

    Personally, I wouldn't like the idea of foreign investors buying Israeli companies, because then they can be resold, to islamofascist interests down the line.

    • American Patriot

      Well with respect to Iscar, the company will continue its operations in Israel. The company currently employs 12,000 and the infusion of Buffet's 6 billion will only enhance the company's value and opportunities for expansion.

      • Defcon 4

        What if Buffet turns around and sells the company to some front company for any of the various islamo-nazi petrostates? Kinda like Gore did. Can you trust that he wouldn't do it?

  • Looking4Sanity

    If Hawking spent more time working and less time dreaming up scenarios where there really is a universe without a Creator, he might have solved that pesky little unified theory problem. I'm starting to see why that God he doesn't believe in put him in that chair to begin with.

  • Me Doctor

    This proganda website will be no more once the apartheid stateis dismantled

    • PowertodaPeople1848

      As they say in the venerable Islamic tradition, inshallah!

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "As they say in the venerable Islamic tradition, inshallah!"

        Since there is no Allah, there is obviously no will of allah. So you go to Saudi Arabia and dance around the temple to the vagina and meditate on that till you die. K? Only there can your dreams seem to come true.

        I say go for it.

      • Lan Astaslem

        go take a steaming dumperoo in your koran

      • Defcon 4

        And what goes best with a rousing cry of inshallah? Why a warm, tall, steaming mug of fresh camel urine Ahmed! So drink up!

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        As they say in the Islamofascist tradition,

        Oh woe is my Eternal Nakba!

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "This proganda website will be no more once the apartheid stateis dismantled"

      Well, we can't "dismantle" every Islamic regime overnight so don't hold your breath.

    • Cassandra

      It will never happen so screw you.

  • ziggyzoggy

    Hawking's political opinions are as twisted as his body and as demented as his theoretical (fantasies) physics. The little Gollum needs to go back to his cave.

    • jjj

      i guess we've got a true Arian here… straight, blond and blue eyed.

  • Robin from Orlando

    Hackings might be a genius in his field but he's not exactly a pop culture icon that people want to follow.

    BTW, if you guys are boycott Israel, what are you doing on devices made with Israeli technology?

  • david elder

    I am an Australian non-Israeli scientist now battling parkinson's. From my wheelchair I cry: Hawking, stick to what you understand. Israel clearly isn't one of them.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      G-D Bless You and G-D Bless Australia!

      Hopefully there will be a cure for your problem soon.

      Australia has been a better friend of the US than Socialist UK.

  • digdigby

    Pitiful but evil. His state of the art life-maintenance system is so advanced it cost many millions of dollars a year. He found the only books of his that could make the money he needed were not serious scientific books but Pop Atheism and he has basically written the same tired atheist tripe over and over for $$$$. Strange, sad end.

  • http://twitter.com/BarnwoodBrixton @BarnwoodBrixton

    A CRIMINAL IS A CRIMINAL, IS A CRIMINAL!__THEY ALL RUN OUT OF EXCUSES IN THE END.__You can't blame this on anyone else, Israel.__Nobody else murders those children and civilians to steal land.__Nobody else is imposing an apartheid, Theological tyranny on the impoverished, native population.__You are criminal against humanity._You are racist scum._You are violent, belligerent and supremacist._You are propagandist thieves and saboteurs.__You FOSTER instability, for opportunistic purposes.__JUST LET ME SAY…_FROM CENTRAL LONDON._WE SEE THROUGH YOU!!!__Judaism is a RELIGION._Don't get it confused with ZIONISM, which is a CRIME._And Israel is the CRIMINAL.

    • American Patriot

      Typical Islamist propagandist living off the fat of the West, likely collecting welfare and all sorts of goodies off the backs of the poor Brit taxpayer, while railing against the very government that sustains the parasitic leech. I suggest you go back to Pakistan where you spawned but be sure to bring with you that bag filled with cartoon drawings of Mohammed.

    • Defcon 4

      Oh the irony. An islamofascist attributing to Israel practically all the faults seen in every, last islamofascist misery theme park on the face of the earth today. Look in a mirror Ahmed, it flatters not.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      BrixtonWanker,

      Central London?

      Remember the 7/7/05 London transport bombings?
      Remember the bombing of passenger plane Pan Am 103?
      Remember 9/11?
      Remember the Glasgow airport bombing?
      Remember the Beslan school massacre?
      Remember the Sharia Law enclaves in London?
      Remember the 70,000 dead in two years in Syria?
      Remember the death fatwa on writer Salman Rushdie?
      Remember the stoning of women to death over "family honour"?
      Remember the public execution of gays in the islamofascist regime of iran?
      Remember the 1972 sneak attack on the Olympics?

      Chant this wanker/yob/socialist…

      From the River to the Sea,
      Pal-e-SWINE Will NEVER BE!

    • Cassandra

      God bless Israel. Long live Israel. You are just an anti Semite Britt. Plenty of those evil animals in Europe.Wait until the Muslim take over Britain than you will cry for Israel to let you in.

  • Guest,

    Being against the practice and spread of Islam (Islamophobia) is the most righteous thing any human can do.

  • downtowndave1

    To me, it's not a giant leap from denying the existence ot God to punishing His people. http://483years.blogspot.com/

  • ja11824

    So he shouldn't boycott a countries politics because he utilizes technology that was developed there? That means no one should ever boycott any country based on the idea that a country may house a history that may have helped influenced some form of technology that we use. Don't boycott Switzerland if you like Swiss cheese. Don't boycott France if you drink whine. And never, ever boycott japan if you drive a Honda. No one can boycott china.

  • Eli J

    It was an excellent piece. I wrote something similar on http://www.livinginisrael.info. the following blog post is found on http://livinginisrael.info/if-the-world-boycott-israel/
    thanks
    Eli