Wednesday, 8 May 2013

The World Through 3D Glasses: Antisemitism is Alive and Well

Stephen Hawking's decision to withdraw from Israel Conference based on "His Knowledge of Palestine"?  ... or ... Just More of the Same 3D Smear?

BBC and The Guardian:
Prof Stephen Hawking 'boycotts' major Israel conference

Prof Hawking was lobbied by pro-Palestinian groups
UK cosmologist Prof Stephen Hawking has withdrawn from a high-profile Israeli conference, apparently in support of an academic boycott of the country.

The British Committee for the Universities of Palestine said Prof Hawking had taken advice and acted based on "his knowledge of Palestine".

A University of Cambridge spokesman told the BBC the renowned scientist had approved the BRICUP statement.

Oh, ... but wait a minute. ... This Just In! ... Oops! ... Apparently the News Release could have been based on a "deception" or "misunderstanding". ... Oh Dear! ... Well maybe they will get the facts right next time. ... Yeah Right!

After Having Read the News (above), 

Hawking's Boycott Story "Fake"

Cambridge University says physicist cancelled his trip for health reasons, and that other explanations are untrue.

British cosmologist Stephen Hawking
News reports claiming that Prof. Stephen Hawking had chosen to boycott the State of Israel may have been based on a deception or misunderstanding. 

Cambridge University says that the noted physicist's decision to cancel his visit to Israel for the President's Conference stemmed from health reasons alone.

According to The Commentator, the story about the alleged boycott was first published by The Guardian, after it received an "erroneous" statement from the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP).

The statement was supposedly issued with Prof. Hawking's approval, and 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 confirmed to The Commentator Tuesday that there was, in fact, a "misunderstanding," and that Prof. Hawking had pulled out of the conference for medical reasons.

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