Update on Hawking story: Cambridge retracts statement denying boycott claims


Though original reports yesterday that Stephen Hawking cancelled his planned Israel trip in order to express support for the academic boycott were (as we reported earlier today) flatly denied by Tim Holt, Acting Director of Communications at Cambridge and Hawking’s spokesperson, Holt recently informed us via an email of the following new statement just released by the University:

“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.”

205 comments on “Update on Hawking story: Cambridge retracts statement denying boycott claims

  1. This whole story is so odd, why make such a bold move only to reveal it through some nobody organization no one heard of? BRICUP says the only statement he’s going to make is on their website and he won’t be saying more. A very odd way of making a point.

  2. What a disgraceful and dishonest farce and what a complete admission by Hawkins that he doesn’t have a clue about the real situation of the Palestinians and how it is not Israel who miss out from mindless academic boycotts but the international academics and the Palestinians themselves. Proves that Genius is not far removed from idiocy

    • Read “The Origin of the Palestine Israel Conflict” online. Read B’Tselem, the Israeli peace group’s website. Read Jewish Voice for Peace’s website. Read the Kairos Palestine document. The Palestinians have asked us for a boycott as a peaceful means of ending the horrific occupation.

      • Tell me about the Jews from Arab Countries, which your type ignores!!! What Happened to them!!! By the way, the Palestinians elected Hamas right after Israel withdrew from Gaza!!! Goodwill gestures never work

        By the way, the Karios document uses replacement theology, that Christians are the new Israel and that God no longer has a covenant , it’s antisemitism at it’s most raw, this claim has lead to the murder of millions of Jews in the past

          • really, tell me when the Anti-Israel advocates even acknowledge that what happened to the Jews from arab countries or Mizrahi Jews exist,

            • I was referring to one group of people negatively categorizing another. If “your type” was jewish, it would be antisemitsm. But, hey, it’s ok for you to speak in an equivalent manner. You’re so used to it you don’t even notice until it’s pointed out to you.

                • Yes, because calling someone out for being ignorant means you must hate them and their entire race. Grow up and stop slinging stupid accusations.

              • So you say that I can’t call haters names, the truth is that most of the boycotters are driven by antisemitism, where are they boycotting China, Iran ,Saudi Arabia, Egypt, etc!! By the way, I don’t think Hawkings was driven by anti-semtism, he was driven by universalism, a dislike of nation states(the Asimov approach, it’s based on the idea that all people must think like us, but that is not the case), this this idea of a unified humanity is wrong, tell me, is a society where honor killings , polygamy, first cousin marriage and kills gay is able to assimilate with one where gay rights and rule of law exist(maybe it’s that the arab world are 200 years behind us socially)

              • From the post it is absolutely obvious that the “your type” means you type of Jew-hating individuals and not any racial or ethnic group. Your pathetic attempt to paint your opponent as a racist failed. Try again something a bit less moronic trick.

            • your zionist jew friends false flagged their asses to make em go to Israel- false flags were invented by jews. The fact is you jews don’t appreciate anything ppl do cause you are better than us!I hope all the lies you all tell don’t make you burn in hell!You jewish lobbiests who own 3/4ths of the world lobby the US congress to make us stupid goyim pay for your shit-pay for your own crap!

              • Yet another Jew-hating prick with a deep inferiority complex. In your case, it makes sense ´cause you are a major douche-bag. Piss off.

              • Are you an acquaintance (I doubt that you are capable of forming friendships in the way that most people can) of ProfessorPlum, currently exiled even from CiF and given house room on the Telegraph blogs?

                I ask only because he, too seems obsessed with his distorted version of the Talmud.

                • Snigger, whether he’s Plum or not makes no difference, they all are programmed by the same bot master.

          • ““your type” Now, where has that been heard before?”

            From the people you hang out with.

      • Read “The Origin of the Palestine Israel Conflict” online.

        Just like joywolstandwithus: you are a troll who has not even bothered to read this UPDATE article.

      • Why not recommending the peace organisations of the Palestinian side like Fatah, Hmas, Islamic Djihad?
        Not so convinced of their peacefulness?
        Which Palestinians asked you? Terror organisations?

      • Andrea: “The Palestinians have asked us for a boycott as a peaceful means of ending the horrific occupation.”

        Yes, the horror! To be a victim of the Jews, there’s nothing worse in the dark fantasies of the European mind. As for Syria – 70,000 dead and rising, I’m sure Andrea couldn’t give fuck.

          • If nothing else proves that Palestinians have absolutely no concept of cause/effect or the necessity for a pragmatic approach, this lunacy does. Who suffers most from BDS? The Palestinians themselves!

            And, suffering and bleating, the cycle begins again as they blame Israel for reacting to boycotts with the likes of Sue Blackwell standing in the wings cheering on their self-chosen victimhood.

            Why, Sue? Why not encourage peaceful statebuilding rather than mindless hatred? Do you get off on it?

            • “Why, Sue? Why not encourage peaceful statebuilding rather than mindless hatred? Do you get off on it?”
              As if you had to ask.

        • Far worse to be a victim of the Hamas and/or the PA

          The first makes your life a hell

          http://tinyurl.com/bvnzmw6

          The second encourages your children to want to die young.

          And the Sue Blackwells of this world actually support them!

      • Andrea,
        Get back to your sources with this: If you want to end the ‘horrific’ occupation, negotiate its end along the international consensus: two states for two peoples. It’s that simple.

      • But they are incapable of being peaceful and your boycott isn’t working is it? Israel is thriving and its economy growing. It is a jewel of a state in spite of, or perhaps even because of your silly efforts!

        YOU AND YOUR EMPTY-HEADED COLLEAGUES ARE BEING PLAYED!! As is Prof Hawking. The business with him smells to high heaven and is typical of the underhanded methods employed by your sort

    • what a complete admission by Hawkins that he doesn’t have a clue about the real situation of the Palestinians

      Troll!

      Why all the agrees, FFS?

      • Strange. The article above says Hawkings is not part of BDS.

        Did I say summat wrong?

        Or is it just the usual bigoted digheads voting my posts down?

  3. Amazing what can happen in a couple of hours!
    I was out running errands (taking a car full of old electronic equipment to the tip) and then added a post on the first Hawking thread without refreshing my browser* or – yes, really – seeing the update articles. This was the gist:

    ‘I’d say that Harriet Sherwood’s reference to Hawking “participating in the boycott” is premature at best.’
    ;-)

    * Yeah, I know. I should’ve turned my computer off while out.
    Will join Greenpeace in the morning etc. …

    • I am glad you did not share the details of your last visit to the lavatory. Getting juuust a little to cozy here Prenzlauerberg. CIFWatch is not your shared flat’s black board in east Berlin.

    • Sad but not surprising that so many people could take offense at my well-meaning post above!

      What a bunch of twats.

      • Once again you insult people here, calling them “twats”. Elsewhere you call them “idiots”, “mental midgets”, “dickheads”, etc. And still you dare complain?! What a grotesque hypocrite.

        • I do not automatically vote down posts from people I generally disagree with.
          People who do automatically vote down my posts are pathetic morons.

          Now hypocrital about that.

              • But that’s what he’s saying. Some people vote against him regardless of the worth of his comments.
                I don”t really want to get into the middle of it with you two, I’m just being honest. The back and forth sniping does get out of hand sometimes. You call him PC, he calls you a bigot. Sometimes it’s entertaining, but other times it starts to detract from the thread IMO.

              • Well, it´s called history. Pretzonuts has a history of PC idiocy, so he deserves what he gets.

                As for thread derailing, well, for good or bad, almost every thread in this blog is “derailed” and everybody is guilty of it to some degree. In any case, one always has the alternative of *not reading* a thread one finds uninteresting.

              • Well, see, I could argue that you are derailing the thread right now, with your last comments. It’s all a matter of degree. And you yourself said that my exchanges with pretznut were amazing. If and when you find you don’t, just don’t follow them. It’s that simple.

            • “I’m afraid that’s not altogether true.”

              This was my response to SerJew’s assertion about the reasons for people voting down pretzelberg’s comments. My position was that some vote him down regardless of the merits of his comments.

    • Amazing how your organization isn’t boycotting China, Saudi Arabia, Iran, or Egypt, it’s the world’s only Jewish state. Your boycott will make things worse, read the history of the Jewish people to understand the way they will react to such boycotts(the Jewish people are not strangers to boycotts). By the way, you Pro Palestinians ignore what happened was a population exchange, tell me what happened to the Jews from arab countries

      “The pro-divestment movement wants you to believe that its cause is a struggle between the ethnic minority Palestinians and the “white” and “privileged” Jews and Israelis. By pretending that Jews are white Europeans, they argue that Israelis are foreign occupiers. But Jews are not a homogenous group of white people; we are an ethnically Middle Eastern people, comprising many unique communities from across the globe. After centuries of persecution, we have found security in this country and in our nation’s first home, Israel. And although we have achieved the privilege of statehood, our personal histories are defined by our recent struggles” This quote is from Aryella Moreh, A UC Berkley Student whose family are Jews from Iran

      • They’re not “pro-Palestinian” they’re “anti-Israel” (at best). If they were pro-Palestinian they’d be protesting the horrific treatment Palestinians receive from their fellow Arabs… such as right now in Egypt, where refugees from Syria can’t receive any aid if they’re of Palestinian descent.

      • A better idea. Boycott the Palestinians until they come to the negotiating table with a whole different attitude.

      • Psst… a word to the wise. China, Saudi, Iran or Egypt are big countries and not Jewish…..

    • a) “Nice to see CIFwatch putting the record straight!”
      b) “This is his independent decision to respect the boycott”
      (from your website – assuming you are who you claim to be)

      ???

    • “but we’re here and we ain’t going away.”
      Just like syphilis then Sue.
      About as welcome and useful as well.

      • Gerald you shouldn’t compare this “academic” to a bacteria. They are relatively benevolent creatures compared to the Blackwell type “anti-Zionists Jew-boycotters.

      • Gerald, you can cure syphilis with antibiotics, I am told. Whether Sue Blackwell’s hatreds could be dispatched as easily is moot. She is obsessed and hate-filled and that is not a good combination.

        • @SarahLeah, the Jew-hatred under the cloak of Israel-hatred is a virus and is not treatable by antibiotics.

          The best cure for it is the continued success of the Jewish state and the reminding to the Sue Blackwells of this world that they can never win.

    • Dear Sue, It must pain you to discover day after day just how unsuccessful your BDS efforts are.
      The Israeli economy, almost unique in the developed world, is a train right now. Fast growth esp in exports, debt decreasing and its credit rating recently actually ROSE.
      Never mind. Keep up the good work. I think you’re actually doing Israel a favour.

      http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/analysis/rubin-reports/israels-surprising-economic-and-strategic-position/2013/05/05/

    • @Blackwell: It is un-surprising that CiFWatch has stayed up-to-date on this controversy, and posted as new facts are revealed; they, unlike SOME people we know (ahem), are dedicated to maintaining accuracy and avoiding hypocrisy.

      You and your precious BRICUP, on the other hand, seem to be unwilling to accept political responsibility for stoking the fires of antisemitism by spewing themes of traditional antisemitic rhetoric, but oh-so-conveniently replacing “Jew” with “Zionist.” How is it that you have visited Auschwitz and yet are still (along with your cronies) fine with using the inflammatory, inaccurate, and altogether sinister “Zionism = Nazism” analogy? BRICUP’s bleating (and your laughable self-laudatory posturing along with it) are nothing more that bigoted propaganda misguidedly masquerading as moral commentary.

    • Academic boycotts are insane a tactic used by the Nazis before Blackwell and Hawking ever did. A true boycotter would not be using the computer and technology that is keeping him alive.

      • Wait. You’re making a connection betwen Hawking and the Nazis?

        A true boycotter would not be using the computer and technology that is keeping him alive.
        Bizarre!

          • And this pretzonuts likes to accuse others of “reading too much” on people’s statements. Yet another display of grotesque hypocrisy.

      • Janet Clifford, let’s face it these half-formed “intellects” are nothing if not hypocritical.

    • Hi Sue I’m happy that you a busy academic and lecturer could find the time to get your PhD finally.
      BTW I understand your hate of your Israeli counterparts and your wish to eliminate them from the competition, with your academic credentials in Israel you hardly could find an assistant teaching job in a junior high school – there are some minimalist professional demands to be a lecturer here.

    • not going away – a very peaceful opening of the supporters of Arab terror, that is.

    • “Well you might not have heard of us before but we’re here and we ain’t going away.”
      I have to disagree. You are going away. Eventually you will die, and Israel will still be here. Unfortunately, because of your “help,” Palestinians will most likely still be living in crummy little camps being mistreated by their Arab brethren who just love them oh so very much.

    • You are not doing too well either, are you? You are deluded if you think you are succeeding merely because your cronies worked on a sick old man, a trailblazer in science, just so that you could get his famous name on your masthead. That is sick in the extreme.

      I devoutly hope that if Prof Hawking is indeed serious and isn’t just out for a quieter life free from pestering from the lies of you, he does this properly and does not depend on Israeli-made and inspired medicines and technology for survival. Because if he is indeed a devout at your shrine, he should refuse everything of that sort. I shudder to think how might he get on if he did. Such a one deserves far, far better than to be associated with bottom-feeders like you.

      As I said above, Israel is booming. She is a jewel of a state and no thanks to haters like you will continue so.

      So save your breath to cool your porage or to turn the heads of those with only half a brain and no critical faculties.

    • Be honest for once. You have overreached yourselves, and this may well be your swan song.

      And get some professional help.

        • “blockwart”?

          If all else fails and you’ve run out of arguments – and you and the idiots recommending your post are clearly intellectually deficient – then bring out the Nazi tag.

          Pathetic. Let’s just hope you don’t breed further bigots.

          • That’s funny, your complaint about “arguments”, coming from a twerp like you that never answers direct questions and goes straight to “you bigot” exit. Let’s hope you’ll keep being the funny, albeit pathetic, blog clown.

    • Sue Blackwell, I see age has not mellowed you, and its attendant wisdom has passed you by completely.

    • Sue Blackwell, Hard to imagine how you managed to get any qualifications apart from those authorised by Mickey Mouse. I dare you to come to my local supermarket and tell shoppers how to shop. The last idiots to do that were thrown out by the manager, with all the shoppers cheering. Come on – show us you’re not all talk. We could do with another laugh at ignoramuses’ expense.

    • Congratulations. Don’t let the Zionists deny that they admire boycotts as a very sound tactic, they mounted a very succesful one on Hitler – there could be some lesson in this lot (comes from a Zionist author):

      Edwin Black “The Transfer Agreement”, p.372 … … For Germany, the boycott was a constant harassment, denying the Nazis the economic recovery they sought. Each autumn, the Reich would announce a Winter Relief program to undo the economic damage of the previous spring and summer. Winter Relief became institutional and the Nazis turned it into a gala patriotic season of struggle. The hated one-pot meals were popularized by a gamut of gimmicks – from circus elephants lugging one-pot posters through town squares, to staged extravaganzas featuring Germany’s finest chefs, bedecked in white uniforms, each with his gourmet rendering of a fifty-pfennig, one-pot meal.

      …The indefatigable work of Untermyer and the other champions of boycott kept recovery out of Hitler’s reach. It forced the Third Reich to vigilantly restrain anti-Jewish violence in Germany, since each incident helped intensify the anti-Nazi movement. In its first years, the boycott also helped prevent Hitler from carrying out his vow to conquer Europe. Plagued by boycott and antagonistic trade barriers, and continually denied foreign exchange, the Reich was for years unable to acquire the raw materials needed to rebuild its war machine. Hitler was repeatedly forced to push back his war timetables.

      … In the meantime, Jewish existence in Germany underwent a rapid dismantling. Jewish communities in many provincial districts and towns essentially disappeared. … Jewish scholarship in universities ended almost entirely, with few opportunities for Jewish youth to advance beyond secondary school.

      • How convenient of you not to mention the reason of this boycott.

        The Anti-Nazi Boycott of 1933 was a boycott of German products by foreign critics of the Nazi Party in response to antisemitism in Nazi Germany following the rise of Adolf Hitler, commencing with his appointment as Chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933.
        Following Adolf Hitler’s appointment as German Chancellor in January 1933, an organized campaign of violence was undertaken by Hitler’s Nazi Party against the Jews of Germany. Jewish stores were picketed and shoppers at these stores were harassed. Protests by the Centralverein deutscher Staatsbürger jüdischen Glaubens (the Jewish communal organization) against these systematic tactics were ignored, with Hermann Göring stating that “I shall employ the police, and without mercy, wherever German people are hurt, but I refuse to turn the police into a guard for Jewish stores”

  4. What the Guardian and the pogrom knights of their fan club somehow never would understand:
    - any celebrity artist/scientist/whatever have exactly the same right to have their opinion about politics as the most common person on the street and their opinion has exactly the same value. Noam Chomsky is a world renowned linguist and a despicably immoral apologist of mass murderers, Celine, Knut Hamsun and many others were celebrated writers in the first half of the XX. century and outright Nazis, Leni Riefenstahl an outstanding film director and a propagandist for the Third Reich, Eric Hobsbawm was a famous and highly valued historian and a big fan of Stalin, Roal Dahl an excellent writer and frothing anti-Semite, Roger Waters is an excellent musician and a disgusting bigot, James Watson the Nobel – prize winner biologist is a pathetic racist – the list is endless.
    Hawking probably the best cosmologist of our time but it doesn’t mean that his knowledge of the ME is on par with his knowledge of physics and his joining the boycott says a lot about his bigotry, ignorance and morality.
    (Somehow I doubt that he – being a very sick person – would boycott the world famous Israeli wheel-chair technology or any medicines of Israeli origin)
    - after reading the Israeli online media, the talk-backs and speaking with my acquaintances one thing is obvious – the only losers of this despicable and stupid act (apart from hawking himself) are the Palestinians – his gesture politics successfully hammered a new nail into the coffin of the peace process – helping to convince the Israeli voters that the Palestinian intellectuals are interested only in our annihilation and not in negotiation and Europe is not a factor we need to take into account as unbiased and helping partners to make peace.

    • I don’t think Roger Waters is an excellent musician, but the other part I agree with.

    • Somehow I doubt that [Hawking] – being a very sick person – would boycott the world famous Israeli wheel-chair technology or any medicines of Israeli origin

      a) Hawking has NOT boycotted Israel
      b) He’d get along just fine without Israeli technology. Israel has made amazing progress on various fronts – but get real.

    • “…the list is endless.” peter

      Unfortunately so, for instance: Voltaire & Kant, famous philosophers and antisemites; Gottlob Frege, famous logician and anti-semite; Johannes Stark (physics Nobel, 1919), Phillip Lenard (physics Nobel,, 1905) were staunch Nazis & Werner Heisenberg (physics Nobel, 1932), was a Nazi party member; Ludwig Bieberbach (mathematician), Oswald Teichmüller (mathematician) & Gehard Gentzen (logician) were Nazis, etc, etc. (I won’t include Heidegger because he was just a Nazi charlatan, though very influencial in his insane obscuratism).

      • Don’t get your logic. Heidegger should surely feature way up there on the list. You mean “charlatan” in the sense that he just played ball without being a believer?

        • Surely, pretzo nut, you don’t get logic, period. Heidegger was a total fraud, that wrote purposely obscure non-sense that means sh*t, that’s why he’s was the father of postmodernism. No wonder that these freaks had a link with irrationality and Nazism. Maybe that also explains why you like him too, eh?

          • I say: “Heidegger should surely feature way up there on the list [of anti-Semites]“. Was that too subtle for you?
            You say: “you like him”.

            Classic SerJew bullshit!

            • Instead of even trying to explain your bizarre conclusion that I “like” Heidegger (when I’ve clearly condemned him), you yet again throw the ludicrous Nazi slur at me.

  5. Is this Hawking’s version of Schrodinger’s cat? He is both Boycotting and not boycotting Israel?

    • “Another great mind suckered by the supporters of genocidal fascism and ethnic cleansing”

      Are you listening, Sue Blackwell? This refers to the likes of you

  6. Hawking should be ashamed of himself.
    Has he considered teaching in a Palestinian “university”?

    • Give them time, Giuseppe. The “noble” Sue Blackwell will doubtless have a word in his ear….

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  8. For years Stephen Hawking has been a hero and an inspiration for my wife. Today she is feeling very sad and shocked. I am also extremely sad but not shocked. Lots of Western scientists used to be suckers for ‘peace’ with the Soviet empire, as did a lot of academics and students at Hawking’s University of Cambridge.

    I wonder what Hawking would have felt, if as an emerging scientist, large numbers of his peers had decided to boycott his work on the grounds that he was disabled?

  9. Andrea Whitmore was President of Israel hating Citizens for Justice in the Middle East.
    This is a radical organization that lies about everything
    The first thing she lies about is this.
    Andrea wrote this, we have criticized Israel for its 43-year occupation of Palestine and its ongoing confiscation of Palestinian homes, farms and businesses. We have attempted to educate the public to “78/22”, meaning that (fair or not) Israel has been allotted 78 percent of historic Palestine, while Palestine gets 22 percent of the land where lemon, orange and olive trees have been grown for centuries by Arab Christians and Muslims.

    Lies, Lies and More Lies by Andrea.
    First, there was never in history any state called Palestine governed by Palestinians.
    Palestinians are Arabs from the surrounding Arab states who came to the land late in the Ottoman empire and during the British mandate cause of all the economic opportunities the Jews provided.
    Read,

    http://www.masada2000.org/palestine-myth.html

    The Myth Of The Palestinian People by Yehezkel Bin-Nun

    The Arabs have 80% of the Mandate borders and Israel has 20%.
    You forget the East Bank was part of the Mandate borders of 1917 and the Brits gave the Entire East Bank to the Arabs and named the country after the Jordan River. (Jordan) Jordan is 75% of the land. So stop with the nonsense that Israel has the majority of the land. Israel has 20% of the land, the Arabs 80%. Jordan also passed a law stating their country must be Jew free, pretty much like all the Arab countries.
    Oh but wait, there are 10 Jews in Yemen.

    Here we have in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Yemen, Libya etc Arabs killing each other and poor Andrea says nothing.

    • The Arabs have 80% of the Mandate borders and Israel has 20%.

      You and the iiots agreeing with you are making the preposterous suggestion that Israel has a claim to that 80% …

      • pretzelberg,
        The original Palestine Mandate included all the territory of todays Jordan, in addition to Israel and the territories west of the Jordan river. So to say that the Arabs got 80% of the mandate is not farfetched. Although that territory was larger than what was historically thought of as constituting the term of art area called Palestine, the Jordan river was never the border of Palestine, but rather ran through it.

        • The immigrants who went to Palestine were repeatedly forbidden to rob and beat and kill the natives.

          It is a great badge of shame on the British that they turned their backs on the victims of this for 19 years, but we also paid a heavy price.

          The Zionists were able to hone their skills in violence to such good effect that they went straight on to defeat an army of British 100,000 soldiers, leading to the catastrophe that is Palestine today.

          • which immigrants do you mean? The arabs? Because they sure didn;t follow what they were told and used to beat rob and murder the natives.

          • You, natiz motherf&cker, is the source of the catastrophe that is the EU today. Luckyly you will be beheaded soon.

  10. My post assumes Hawking actually supports a boycott. It occurs to me that he may no longer be in control of matters and is being used by others.

    • That seems more than likely. Just as the “poor Palestinians” (for whom Sue Blackwell will stop at nothing, tell lies and bend the truth to pursue her obsessive compulsion), use their own children, their own disabled and those with learning difficulties and the allegedly disgraced to pursue their hideous terror against Israel, rather than encourage peaceful coexistence out of which would eventually come a Palestinian state, these wretches are probably working on Prof Hawking.

      By the by, does anyone know how much Arab funding is going to the University of Cambridge? It seems to me that there is often a correlation between not wanting to lose that and this sort of shameful behaviour.

  11. The delicious irony of a world-class academic like obeying the dictats of third class political agitators like Omar Barghouti who earned his degree at …. wait for it … Tel Aviv University!!!

    How the mighty are fallen!

        • I’ve got a stalker!

          Sadly it’s not even a pretty one. How do I know this? Because SerJew is the classic self-hater.

          Leave me alone, SerJew. You will always lose.

          • Again, hypocrite, YOU are stalking ME. Look yourself in the mirror, churchlady. It’s ugly and funny.

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  13. Hawkings has decided to support Palestinian fascists.
    All this fool has to do is go on Palmediawatch.

    http://www.jewishpress.com/news/pa-official-if-we-had-a-nuke-wed-use-it-this-morning-video/2013/05/09/?src=ataglance

    PA Official: ‘If We Had a Nuke, We’d Use It This Morning’ (Video)
    The Palestinian Authority doesn’t need rocks, firebombs, guns and suicide bombers. Senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub has a better way to kill Jews: “If we had a nuke, we’d use it this very morning.”
    Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
    May 9th, 2013

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  15. Hawking is an apologist for Hamas.
    I’m sure he supports Hamas when they murder Palestinians tied to motorcycles and dragged around Gaza and murdered for being rivals of Hamas.

    Here’s Hawking in his own words.

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/hawking-is-indeed-boycotting-peress-jerusalem-meet/

    Hawking, who has visited Israel several times in the past to meet with Israeli and Palestinian academics, has long been a critic of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians. During 2009′s Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip, Hawking said in an interview with Al-Jazeera that Israel’s military campaign was “plain out of proportion.”

    “If Israel wants peace, it will have to talk to Hamas,” Hawking said at the time. “Hamas are the democratically elected leaders of the Palestinian people, and cannot be ignored.”

    Earth to Hawking.

    http://fighthatred.com/videos/anti-semitic-television/1114-hamas-qkilling-jews-is-worship-that-draws-us-closer-to-allah

    Hamas: “Killing Jews is Worship that Draws Us Closer to Allah”
    NOVEMBER 28 2012

    To quote Cifwatch.

    Briefly:

    Hamas is recognized as a terrorist movement by the US, EU, Canada, Japan, the U.K., and Australia.
    Hamas’s founding charter cites the wisdom of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion to “prove” that Jews are indeed trying to take over the world.
    Hamas has carried out hundreds of deadly terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians.
    Hamas leaders have called for genocide against the Jews.
    Regarding the final bullet point, here’s one example: Mahmoud al-Zahar, a senior leader and co-founder of Hamas, is seen in this video waxing eloquently (on Al-Aqsa TV in 2010) about the the Jews’ future in the Middle East:

    http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=584

    Hamas’s genocide ideology
    From Dec. 27, 2008 to Jan. 17, 2009, Israel carried out Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip. The aims of the operation were to stop Hamas’ launching of rockets into Israel.

    TO UNDERSTAND the causes of the Gaza conflict, it is essential to understand the Hamas ideology. Hamas presents itself as an Islamic supremacist movement. Its charter opens with a quote from the Quran: “You [Islamic nation] are the best nation that hath been raised up unto mankind.” [3: 110] However, whereas many religions and cultures believe that their own traditions represent messages of truth, Hamas believes that this supremacy of Islam obligates them to commit genocide, literally to exterminate millions of people who have different beliefs, including the Jews.

    The following are some recent examples of Hamas defining this ideology of genocide, as it applies to Jews:
    1 – Quran condemns Jews to extermination
    “The Meccan [Quran] chapter entitled ‘Jews’ or ‘Children of Israel’ is remarkable… It’s about today’s Jews, those of our century, and speaks only of extermination and digging graves… This chapter sentences the Jews to extermination before a single Jew existed on earth… Palestine’s blessing is linked to destruction of the center of global corruption [Jews of Israel], the snake’s head. When the snake’s head of [global] corruption is cut off, here in Palestine, and when the octopus’s [Jew's] tentacles are cut off around the world, the real blessing will come with the destruction of the Jews, here in Palestine, and it is one of the splendid real blessings in Palestine.” [Palestinian cleric , Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), July 13, 2008]

    2 – Jews to face yet another Holocaust
    Headline: “Suffering by Fire is Jews’ destiny in this world and next”
    “… you will taste the punishment of Scorching Fire.” [Quran 3:181]
    “This [Quran] verse threatens the Jews with the punishment of Fire… the reason for the punishment of Fire is it is fitting retribution for what they have done… but the urgent question is, is it possible that they will have the punishment of Fire in this world, before the great punishment [of Fire in Hell] … many of the [Islamic] religious leaders believe that the [Jews'] punishment of Fire is in this world, before the next world… therefore we are sure that the Holocaust is still to come upon the Jews.” [Sheikh Yunus Al-Astal, Hamas MP, in his regular column in Al-Rissala, (Hamas weekly) March 13, 2008]

    It is important to note that the Hamas MP switched words in the last sentence, from the word he used throughout, “harik,” which means “fire,” to “mahraka” a word from the same root, that is used by Arabic speakers to mean “holocaust.”

    3 – Muhammad’s promise: Jews will be killed
    “Regarding the Jews, our business with them is only through bombs and guns… the prophet [Muhammad] promised that we will fight you, with Allah’s help, until the tree and stone say: “Oh Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”
    [Nizar Rayan, Hamas religious and military leader, Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Jan. 1, 2009. Note: Rayan was killed on Jan. 2, 2009]

    4 – Extermination of Jews – good for humanity
    In an article promoting the continued use of suicide terror in the official Hamas newspaper:
    “We find more than one condemnation and denunciation of the resistance operations and bombings [suicide attacks], carried out by Hamas and the Palestinian resistance branches… [Eventually] everyone will know that we did this only because our Lord commanded so: ‘I did it not of my own accord’ [Quran] and so that people will know that the extermination of Jews is good for the inhabitants of the worlds.”
    [Al-Rissala, (Hamas weekly) April 23, 2007]

    5 – Kill a Jew go to Heaven
    A poster that Hamas posted on its old web site taught that killing a Jew is enough to grant the rewards of Heaven.

    Text on Hamas poster: “I will knock on Heaven’s doors with the skulls of Jews.”
    Axe is crashing through the word: “Jews.”
    [URL on poster, Hamas terror wing: "Ezz Din Al Kassam"]

    6 – Resurrection dependent on Muslims killing Jews (1)
    Hamas goes even further in its religious packaging of genocide. Hamas teaches that the redemption of all of humanity, the anticipated Islamic “Hour” of Resurrection, will happen only when Muslims are killing Jews and the remaining Jews will be exposed by the trees and stones.
    Hamas writes in Article 7 of the Hamas Charter:
    “Hamas has been looking forward to implement Allah’s promise whatever time it might take. The prophet [Muhammad] said: ‘The time (of Resurrection) will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews; until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: 0 Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him!’”
    [Sahih Muslim, Book 041, Number 6985]

    7 – Resurrection dependent on Muslims killing Jews (2)
    The Hamas belief that Jews must be killed for redemption to occur is a repeating theme of religious leaders on Palestinian Authority (Fatah) and Hamas TV. The following is one example:

    “‘The Hour [Resurrection] will not take place until the Muslims fight the Jews and the Muslims kill them, and the rock and the tree will say: ‘Oh, Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, kill him!’ We must remind our Arab and Muslim nation, its leaders and people, its scholars and students, remind them that Palestine and the Al Aqsa mosque will not be liberated through summits nor by international resolutions, but it will be liberated through the rifle.”
    [Hamas Spokesman, Dr. Ismail Radwan, PA TV, March 30, 2007]
    Conclusion:
    Given this Hamas ideology of genocide, the essential problem with Hamas is not the missiles and rockets it showers on Israel, but the core belief that killing Jews is a prerequisite to redemption. Hamas’s ongoing attempts to kill Jews, which have led to the current Gaza War, are a symptom of the far deeper problem — the ideology teaching that Allah demands the extermination of Jews.

    Israel and the West must create a strategy not only to destroy the terror infrastructures of Hamas, but to ultimately ensure that Jews and the world are safe from this ideology and its consequences.

    • Hello Professor,

      I’m theologically committed to destroy you, and it’s non-negotiable. Want to talk?

    • The people who murdered Klinghoffer were condemned for it by the PA, prosecuted and jailed.

      As must obviously happen to anyone attacking a ship in the Med and cold-bloodedly murdering people on board.

      If Israel does not hand over the indicted, Turkey could reject their pipeline for the gas found in the Mediterranean – and it could cost around $1 billion per victim to route the gas via Cyprus instead.

      • Care to tell us how long were they jailed for, if ever.
        As for Turky. I hope with all my heart that if Israel will ask Turkey for the pipline they will reject it. It will be a serious mistake of Israel to trust the Turkish. With the direction Turkey is taking towards Islam Israel will better look for alternative.

        • Two of them served over 20 years by the look of it.

          That’s what you’d expect of people who attack a cruise ship in the Med and kill people. Unless there is some justification, as would come out in court.

          Or don’t you favour the operations of a judicial system?

          • By the look of it? Better provide us with some source proving that. Becasue you can;t really expact me to take your word for it.

            • I’m not sure any form of sensible discussion is possible with you.

              The killers of Leon Klinghoffer were chased down and jailed for long periods.

              All we need do is apply the same thing to other people who board cruise ships in the Mediterranean and murder people on board.

  16. Sue Blackwell
    Try not to overestimate your relevance or this phyrric victory . Norman Finklestein summed you up as a cult with no mainstream political support and only a half hearted support within Palestine proper .
    You have consistently failed to reach lift off unless you claim swiping a few oranges off of shelves and persuading some non entity celebrities to join your ranks of closet racists .
    Trust me , the occasional purge of embedded antisemites within the PSC will not leave you smelling any the sweeter . Nor will changing your logo from a one state sans Israel to something more politically neutral detract from your mission statement of Palestine from the River to the Sea which I recorded being sung with gusto outside John Lewis on Saturday .

    But never mind . Keep drinking the Kool Aid
    # BDS fail

  17. So is he now supporting the boycott? And here I was thinking Hawking was beyond all this. I worry for him for the company he must be keeping these days. Personally, I will never look at him with the same respect for him that I had. Sad.

    • He probably is, June.

      These people are like an opportunistic infection which attacks when the body is weakest. They think little of sacrificing their own children (no doubt with the likes of Blackwell’s BRICUP in vociferous support) so it’d be easy for them to wear down an old and sick man.

      Stephen Hawking has been to Israel several times in the past. Strange that he should be made use of in such a fashion now and note that we haven’t heard from him directly. It’d be easy for a spokesman to say what blatantly isn’t the case if Hawking was in no position to refute it immediately.

      Blackwell’s rather ample backside is about to get bitten.

  18. It is a fact that Sue Blackwell supports the Palestinians. She even went one further and aligned herself with neo Nazis:

    First this:

    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/15707_AUT_Boycott_Leader_Links_to_NNazi_site

    Look at this open letter to her as well:

    http://shirazsocialist.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/to-sue-blackwell-i-have-reluctantly-been-forced-to-admit-that-you-are-on-an-anti-semitic-kick/

    It wasn’t until 2011 that she posted on her website that she no longer had links to Labourstart. Read her reasons why – a child could have done better:

    http://web.archive.org/web/20051203040021/www.sue.be/pal/

    The truth is that she and others cynically set out to destroy Labourstart’s credibility because it’s founder, Eric Lee, would not support the AUT boycott. She proves herself to be a totally duplicitous Jew hater, either those who support her vicious BDS hate campaign are ignorant of this, or they are no better than she is.

    • I’d have thought Blackwell’s crime was trivial – most significantly, she’s taken notice and helped blackball the sites she feels are dubious.

      In fact, this listing of hers simply proves how very little antisemitism there is in the anti-Zionist movement. Do we see Zionists distancing themselves from any of the serious racists there are on their side of the argument? No we do not!

      Sites I no longer link to (says Sue Blackwell)

      I have removed my links to the following websites. Thanks to those who brought them to my attention.

      True Democracy – I was linking to this from my politics site not my Palestinian pages. Arlene Johnson, who runs the site, has assured me that she is not an anti-semite. So why, then, does she quote copiously and favourably from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion? I haven’t had a good answer.

      Deir Yassin Remembered – In April 1948, Israeli terrorist gangs destroyed sleeping Palestinian villages: over 100 men, women, and children were systematically murdered. More than 700,000 Palestinians fled from their homes, and continue to be refugees to this day.

      There is no question that Deir Yassin deserves to be remembered. Unfortunately the organisation which was set up to fulfil this task includes Israel Shamir and Paul Eisen on its board (Eisen is actually a Director). Click on the “nazi alert” button to read the whole sorry story of these blokes and their defence of holocaust denial. I am suspending my link to DYR until they are removed from its board.

      Labourstart – I thought this was a bona-fide trade union website supporting workers’ struggles. However, it emerges that Eric Lee, who runs the site, is a supporter of the “Engage” anti-boycott site. Until a few years ago he actually ran Labourstart from Israel and even had a link to the IDF homepage!

      Here is an Open Letter to Lee on the rival Labournet website accusing Labourstart of systematically under-reporting Palestinian labour news. I will be adding my name to it.

      Gilad Atzmon – Gilad is Jewish (and plays great jazz) but there have been some disturbing reports about things he has allegedly said recently which appear to condone violence against civilians. Not sure whether he said them or not, but anyway I found his “Protocols of the Elders Of London” highly offensive, not least because it slagged off some of my closest Jewish comrades while cosying up to the highly dubious Israel Shamir. So long, Gilad, thanks for the music.

      Marwen Media – I have now had a chance to take a closer look at this site and consult Jewish friends on their views of it. There was nothing anti-semitic on the home page, which was all I was linking to; but buried in other pages on this site is some pretty nasty stuff which borders on Holocaust denial and further nasty stuff which crosses the border from anti-Zionism into anti-semitism. I’m happy to pull the plug on it.

      Exposing Israeli Apartheid – I could not see anything anti-semitic on this site at a cursory inspection, but it’s run by the same Wendy Campbell of Marwen Media. Goodbye Wendy, you’re history as far as this site is concerned.

      What Really Happened – Apparently the Union of Jewish Students has submitted a memorandum to a Commons Select Committee on Home Affairs complaining about my links to this site. Can’t for the life of me understand why they didn’t just send me an e-mail asking me to look into it. It took me a long time before I spotted where the link was – on my general Politics page. I have now removed it. At first glance the site looks like just another source of alternative news, but on closer inspection it has dodgy stuff about 9/11 and a number of links to a site run by Holocaust denier David Irving. I certainly was never linking to those stories in the first place.

      • Funny, she should first worry about her own site bricup.org.uk . Ignoring arab refusal of the partition plan and arab reponsibilty for the 1948 war. Balming it all on Israel is not very accademic. Ignoring San Remo resolutions show a poor knowledge of history and facts or worse .Just few examples of the lies on that site. Lies are not ciricism they are antisemitism. Those who support BDS support one state solution which really mean the elimination of the Jewish state. if you prefer to call it antizionism and not antisemitism than do go on if it makes you happy. But spare us your hypocrisy.

        • One point at a time – Sue Blackwell has distanced herself from a number of potential allies, some of whom have really been taken in by the Zionists and have expressed hatred of Jews, but others are valuable sources who look as if they’ve simply been sloppy.

          Meanwhile, would you link to a site that publishes articles entitled “A Study in Jewish Duplicity …”?

          No? Then why are you not protesting people who link to the nasty racists at this web-site? http://preview.tinyurl.com/lzlx5

          • There´s just one point: you are a typical british eurotrash Jew-hating retard. Piss off, twerp.

          • How can she distance herself when the site she recomand us is full the usual arab lies. Why should we protest a site that show palestian lies? with proof showing it is a lie.
            care to show us what is racist about this site?

  19. Pretz is a corrective voice which I appreciate, but sometimes (or often?) he tends to overestimate himself.
    So come to terms with him, I suggest, and give him a fair try.

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