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Update: Due to David Guy of 5MFI.com giving me a heads-up, I checked to see the latest news. The Commentator reports that Stephen Hawking is bowing out due to health reasons .
The Guardian , which broke the story late last night, claimed that Hawking was due to boycott Israel after receiving an erroneous statement from the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP) , apparently with Hawking's approval.
The statement said that the move was "his independent decision to respect the boycott, based upon his knowledge of Palestine, and on the unanimous advice of his own academic contacts there".
However, a Cambridge university spokesperson has confirmed to The Commentator that there was a "misunderstanding" this past weekend, and that Prof. Hawking had pulled out of the conference for medical reasons .
Responding to an e-mail including an open letter to Prof. Hawking , shared nearly 2000 times, a University spokesman said: "Professor Hawking will not be attending the conference in Israel in June for health reasons - his doctors have advised against him flying ."
When asked for further information, the spokesperson confirmed that the BRICUP organisation had "assumed" Hawking's position on the matter , and that it was fundamentally untrue.
Well this just goes to show that The Guardian is one of the worst news organizations on the planet.
I'll leave my commentary up below because it shows the ridiculousness of the Guardian's "reporting", but
I'm killing the image I made Fuck it, I worked hard on that image, and if he's still backing the terrorists, then I'm putting it back up.
Notice the Guardian's not-so-subtle wording of the loony BDSers "persuad[ing]" Hawking, while those against the BDSers offer "abusive responses ... many ... focusing on his physical condition" and "accusing him of antisemitism." It's the exact opposite of what usually happens online with the childish BDSers vs. the academic Israelis.
In the four weeks since Hawkings participation in the Jerusalem event was announced, he has been bombarded with messages from Britain and abroad as part of an intense campaign by boycott supporters trying to persuade him to change his mind. In the end, Hawking told friends, he decided to follow the advice of Palestinian colleagues who unanimously agreed that he should not attend.
Hawkings decision met with abusive responses on Facebook, with many commentators focusing on his physical condition , and some accusing him of antisemitism .
By participating in the boycott, Hawking joins a small but growing list of British personalities who have turned down invitations to visit Israel, including Elvis Costello, Roger Waters, Brian Eno, Annie Lennox and Mike Leigh.
Further trying to bolster Hawking's
poor misreported decision, the Guardian name-drops some other celebs who can't see the intricacies of the matter. Just goes to show, you can be smart as hell but still dumb as a bag of rocks.
via Stephen Hawking joins academic boycott of Israel | World news | The Guardian .
Kinda curious about this, though:
Selling out the P.A. (Palestinian Authority)? Wonder where The Commentator got the image from?