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Stephen Hawking and the Made in Israel Boycott


 

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Stephen Hawking has joined a motley crew of celebrities who have distanced themselves from the state of Israel. The list of personalities to do so includes Annie Lennox, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bran Van 3000 (remember them?).

Hawking has announced that he will not attend the Israeli Presidential Conference next month, an academic event set to explore “the central issues that will influence the face of our future.” It’s also a celebration of Israeli President Shimon Peres’ 90th birthday.

“I have received a number of emails from Palestinian academics,” Hawking wrote to organizers. “They are unanimous that I should respect the boycott. In view I must withdraw from the conference.”

Hawking’s decision has inspired all kinds of backlash: either he is a hypocrite for singling out Israel’s alleged crimes and ignoring the rest of the human-rights averse Middle East, or he is, predictably, an anti-Semite.

But Hawking’s announcement has also inspired the stop-using-our-stuff mantra. Here’s Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of Israeli law centre, Shurat HaDin:

“His [Hawking’s] whole computer-based communications system runs on a chip designed by Israel’s Intel team. I suggest if he truly wants to pull out of Israel he should also pull out his Intel Core i7 from his tablet.”

At my high school’s multicultural assembly, each culture showcased its talent through song and dance. Mine presented an extremely long PowerPoint starring “Things Invented in Israel” — the subtext being, “we can’t dance but we invented Rummikub.” To translate what  Darshan-Leitner was really saying to Hawking, “You’d be lost without us.”

It’s a childish argument that exposes the ugliness and stupidity of academic and cultural boycotts. Darshan-Leitner’s comments were crude, but she’s right. If Hawking is going to boycott the conference—if he is going to boycott good ideas because of the soil on which they’re formed—then it is hypocritical of him to use Israeli technology. As author Ian McEwan said about his refusal to refuse an Israeli award:  “If I only went to countries that I approve of, I probably would never get out of bed … it’s not great if everyone stops talking.”

There’s no use boycotting the good to spite the bad. You can’t defeat the dark by shutting out the light.


 
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Stephen Hawking and the Made in Israel Boycott

  1. “If Hawking is going to boycott the conference—if he is going to boycott good ideas because of the soil on which they’re formed—then it is hypocritical of him to use Israeli technology.”

    This is totally illogical, for many reasons:

    1) He’s not “boycotting good ideas”. He’s boycotting ethnic cleansing, apartheid, and oppression, which are all very bad ideas that Israel has put into action. It has nothing to do with “the soil on which they’re formed” but with the way Israel soils its own reputation by engaging in ethnic chauvinism and human rights abuses.

    2) Hawking’s contributions to science are incredible. All of humanity, including especially the Israeli technology sector, is in debt to him.

    3) Should the US have abstained from using any German science/technology in the 1940s when it fought Hitler? Should we excuse abusers of children just because they happen to be good scientists or businessmen? Of course not, that would be stupid.

    “If I only went to countries that I approve of, I probably would never get out of bed … it’s not great if everyone stops talking.”

    The talking continues. The problem is that Israel doesn’t listen to talking — it just lets everyone talk while it continues to steal land, oppress innocent people, and deny them their rights. Sometimes oppressors, like Germany in the 1930s, or apartheid South Africa, need more than talk to be resolved. They need principled people standing up to the oppressors.

    “exposes the ugliness and stupidity of academic and cultural boycotts. ”

    No, it has exposed the ugliness and stupidity of those rightly being boycotted.

    • No one ever acused Teitl of being a coherent author. I’ve said it before and will say it again – with hundreds of young journalism grads every year, THIS was the one Macleans picked? I’d be so disenheartened had I chose that career route.

    • Yes, Israel is just like Nazi Germany or Apartheid South Africa. *Just exactly* the same.

      No wonder the “BDS” movement has gotten nowhere.

      • Nowhere did I say that Israel is “just like” Nazi Germany. (It is, however, in some ways worse than Apartheid South Africa, as Tutu and Mandela will inform you.) I am simply illustrating a principle: that whether one takes a stand against an oppressor’s/abuser’s actions should not be related to whether or not the oppressors/abusers are productive and beneficial in some other domain. Americans benefitted from German science and technology, but it would be ridiculous to say that they therefore should have been soft on Nazism.

        • Anyone who claims Israel practices apartheid has no idea what the word means. Someday the cure for ALS will be found in Israel. I hope he rots.

    • I heard the same ridiculous, Hawking shouldn’t bite the hand that feeds him argument from Kay at the NP – it didn’t sound any better there either.
      That said, you paint a one sided picture of the Palestian tragedy – by no means is all of it down to Israel. The phrase Palestinians never seem to miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity for real peace, is as relevant today as it was when Arafat was around. Genuine peace needs at least two genuine participants, no?

      • “Genuine peace needs at least two genuine participants, no?”

        Sure, but in cases where there’s a huge power imbalance, it’s really up to the side which is holding all the cards. One side has tanks, f-15s, apaches, and nuclear weapons and wants to take more land, the other side is trying to hold on to what it has with homemade rockets and slingshots. It’s like an armed robbery — we can’t hold both the robber and the robbed equally accountable, even if the robbed has their own imperfections. The truth is the Palestinians long ago would have settled for 22% of their historic homeland, but this “opportunity” was never given to them. Shlomo Ben-Ami, one of Israeli’s negotiators, said (after he left his post) that he would have never accepted the Oslo “offers” if he were in the Palestinian position, as they would result only in a reservation-type system, not any sort of real sovereignty.

        Since 1947, the Palestinians have clearly been the victims, as research by Israel’s own courageous and honest historians like Avi Shlaim, Ilan Pappe, and others have documented. (An excellent summary can be found at http://sjlendman.blogspot.ca/2007/02/review-of-ethnic-cleansing-of.html ). Yes, some Palestinians have sometimes resisted in immoral ways (those suicide bombings for example), but that is the extent of their wrongdoing/culpability.

        • You seem to be a good deal better informed than I am. And yes I accept the argument the onus does lie principally on the stronger democratic party to lead by example… to be magnanimous iows. Nevertheless far too many Palestinians can’t seem to sign on to the most basic and fundamental of principles – that the state of Israel has a right to exist, and exist without fear. No other state on earth,democratic or not , would accept anything less than this. Many would deal even more harshly with the state of affairs than Israel.
          My problem with the Palestians has always been that so many can’t see that their security is dependent on Israel feeling equally secure, and in building bridges with moderate Israelis. They have frequently been their own worst enemies. I would even say they’ve helped keep people like Netanyahu in power. It was the same in the UK. The more extreme the IRA , the longer fear enabled pols like Thatcher.
          Sorry, I just don’t think you can terrorize your way to power, especially with a much stronger opponent. They simply haven’t played their cards all that well.

          • “Nevertheless far too many Palestinians can’t seem to sign on to the most basic and fundamental of principles – that the state of Israel has a right to exist, and exist without fear. ”

            1) First, it’s important to realize that Israel was created through ethnic cleansing, terrorism, and theft, as the historical research linked to above clearly shows. To say Israel has “a right to exist” is akin to saying that ethnic cleansing, terrorism, and theft are legitimate ways of bringing a country into existence. You say that “I just don’t think you can terrorize your way to power” but that’s exactly what the early Zionists did.

            2) Nonetheless, the Palestinians have long been willing to recognize that Israel does exist and to make peace with it. As mentioned, they were willing to settle for 22% of their land, but Israelis have been too greedy to agree even to that, hence the West Bank settlements and “checkpoints” which were all deliberately created these past few decades precises to preclude the existence of a Palestinian state.

            It’s really Israel that doesn’t recognize Palestine’s right to exist. Many go so far as to even refuse to call them “Palestinians”, preferring instead to use a racial term “Arab” so that they can be lumped in with other peoples.

            Please read the link pasted in the last comment; it clears up a lot of misconceptions. There’s also this good piece by Gideon Levy: http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/ethnic-cleansing-of-palestinians-or-democratic-israel-at-work-1.361196

            Cheers.

          • I’m not that interested in who did what first. But I’m pretty sure your #1 point is hotly disputed by any number of reputable historians. It’s rarely the case the history is ever so clinical and morally unequivocal as you make it out to be. I see no reason to believe the Zionist side of the argument is an exception.
            Thx for the link, cheers youself.

          • It’s no longer hotly disputed by reputable historians, anymore than the Holocaust is disputed by them, or the Cambodian genocide, or what the Conquistadors or the Mongols did. In history, it’s often clear who the aggressors are, even if there are denials here and there. There’s a lot of evidence and documentation as this all happened in modern times, and we can see it for ourselves still happening today, as Levy notes. The Palestinians aren’t occupying anyone else’s land or taking away any native’s citizenship.

            Best regards!

          • Israel has not only stated many, many times it’s willingness to negotiate, it has stated in believes in a two state solution. The arabs do not want that. They can’t even say Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people. And those checkpoints save lives. We have checkpoints too. They are a necessary part of having to live in a world with Muslims.

        • “Since 1947, the Palestinians have clearly been the victims ….”

          wiki – ‘To the Grand Mufti: The National Socialist movement of Greater Germany has, since its inception, inscribed upon its flag the fight against the world Jewry. It has therefore followed with particular sympathy the struggle of freedom-loving Arabs, especially in Palestine, against Jewish interlopers. In the recognition of this enemy and of the common struggle against it lies the firm foundation of the natural alliance that exists between the National Socialist Greater Germany and the freedom-loving Muslims of the whole world. In this spirit I am sending you on the anniversary of the infamous Balfour Declaration my hearty greetings and wishes for the successful pursuit of your struggle until the final victory.

          Reichsfuehrer S.S. Heinrich Himmler.’

        • And the other side straps bombs on it’s kids and teaches hate along with the alphabet. And instead if protecting women and children, like any civilized society, they purposely target civilians and hide behind their women and children. Learn some truth.

          • Marsha, again you’re ignoring the key issue: Israel was and is created by ethnic cleansing. They took a native population and terrorized them, raped them, drove them into the sea, deliberately killed babies, and has been trying to make life miserable enough so that the Palestinians — Muslim and Christian — leave. The checkpoints are there not for safety — in which case they would simply be on the border — they are scattered all through the West Bank to destroy the economy, seize land, and make life unworkable. Many pregnant women have been denied access to medical care and forced to watch their babies die at checkpoints. Put away your racist bigotry, and go see the reality on the ground. Many Jews of conscience are documenting the abuses Israel commits against the Palestinians, listen to them. Here’s one: http://annainthemiddleeast.com and here are a bunch more: http://mondoweiss.net.

            “Everybody has their Jews, and for the Israelis it’s the Palestinians” -Primo Levi, author of the pre-eminent Holocaust survivor autobiography

            Best regards.

    • The point raised by Ian McEwan is that just about 80% of countries in the world abuse human rights (e.g. Russia, China) and as an honest man he knows that boycotting Israel will also require boycotting them as well. Also, the US and UK have killed more civilian moslems in totally unneccesaary wars in a few years than the number killed by Israel in decades. Surely, these two nations shold be the first to be boycotted. Why aren’t thye?

      We have a saying: angels exists only in heaven. “No nation is pure and righteous” and if you want to boycott anyone, there are some more important targets in the list before Israel. For example, the palestinians who prosecute and kill homosexuals and oppress wome, then 22 Arab countries who do the same.

      Are you aware of the fact that the Hamas people in Gaza deliberatelly rape women in order to cocnvince them that now their shame is so big that their only chance for salvation is to become a suicide bomber? That the palestinian govt pays monthly salary to war criminal in Israely jails and that the more chldren you murder, the more you get paid (from European aid money)?

      I’m Israeli, Im a leftist and I believe in a two state solution. I aknowledge the palestinians right for a state of their own yet they continuoslly refuse to acknowledge Jews right for a state of their own. Are you boycotting them so that they “start listening” ?

      • Hi Jack! (don’t worry, I’m simply saying hello. :) )

        “the US and UK have killed more civilian moslems in totally unneccesaary wars in a few years than the number killed by Israel in decades.”

        This is true. I am all for prosecuting those who are responsible for launching illegal war and engaging in war crimes to be held accountable at the International Criminal Court. Bush and Blair, and their pro-Israel neo-conservative policy makers like Feith, Perle, Rumsfeld, and so on. They intentionally misled their own citizens. Even so, the UK population was largely against the war.

        “an honest man he knows that boycotting Israel will also require boycotting them as well.”

        Not really. You have to go with what works on a case-by-case basis. In some cases, boycott is feasible and effective, in other cases it isn’t. It worked in the case of South Africa, and it would be silly to say (as people did at the time) that we shouldn’t have boycotted South Africa because worse crimes were happening in Cambodia or somewhere. Personally, I boycott, to the best of my ability, businesses of any nationality which engage in or support unethical practices.

        Palestinian women and gays will tell you that they suffer far more from Israeli oppression than from the few kooks in their midst. There are some heartbreaking stories about what Israelis did to Palestinian women, everything from rape to things like http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4031176,00.html And Israeli leaders aren’t any less extreme than Hamas; Israelis elected known butchers like Begin and Sharon and the deeply racist Netanyahu. This is a distraction from the larger issue, however, which is that Israel was/is created through ethnic cleansing. We can’t overlook that or dismiss it as some incidental sin. It’s the root of the whole problem.

        “they continuoslly refuse to acknowledge Jews right for a state of their own.”

        As stated above, they deny the ‘right’ of Zionists to drive them off their own land simply because they are not Jewish. That’s perfectly reasonable. And yet they were willing to accept Israel’s existence if they have just 22% of their own land, but Israel has refused, instead colonizing it with all the settlements. It is Israel which has denied Palestine’s right to exist all along.

        Your job, as an Israeli, is to come to terms with the history as unearthed by scholars like Pappe and Shlaim, and then remedy the injustice as best you can, embracing refugees and so on. Your job — and my job — as a human being is to transcend ethnic chauvinism and live with others in peace and harmony. Something like a bi-national state, where Jews and Muslims and Christians and others live together in mutual respect and even love, is what we should all be aiming for.

  2. Israel and her supporters have long been promoting a one-sided view in support of Israel and against Palestinians. They’ve been very successful in the Canadian press, and lobbying our government.

    Labour unions, the United Church, student groups and others are starting to speak up. Hawking’s boycott of Israel will encourage more to follow.

    History may well remember Hawking not only as a great physicist, but also one who was a game-changer that ended Israel’s impunity on its continued abuse of Palestinian people.

    • *Labour unions, the United Church, student groups and others are starting to speak up.*

      `Starting’ to speak up? They’ve been engaged in their loud-mouthed ignorance for decades. So long that most folks – even those who might be inclined to be against Jews – have just stopped listening.

      As for Hawking, just what are his contributions to science? He wrote a book explaining quantum mechanics and relativity physics – decades ago; that everyone bought and no one read (I actually did read it).

  3. firstly,

    israel only holds a patent for intel. it’s not like israel invented intel in some revolutionary, completely original breakthrough.. as if the collective history of human knowledge and technology didnt have a part in it. if israel didnt develop intel, someone else would have. pretty silly to try to take ownership over something like that.

    secondly,

    boycotts are strategic. nobody in the BDS world ever stated that it was an all encompasing boycott of everything israeli. even the academic boycott applies only to institutions complicit in apartheid, not individual israeli academics. also, there are plenty of anti-apartheid israelis.. obviously people on side with palestine aren’t boycotting them too.

    this whole “hypocricy” argument is a straw man.

    • Most of Intel gadgets in the last 35 were invented and developed in Israel by Israelis. You can naively roll your eyes as much as you want! Case closed!

  4. Israel is the only bright spot of humanity in that part of the world. The “Palestinians” have done nothing to improve their state, they don’t want peace, they just want what the Israelis have. When a tiny nation stands against deadly foes, firing rockets at civilians, turning their noses up at any and all peace accords, and the Israelis are the bad guys. You better look at yourself. What kind of people are you aligning yourself with? Folks that no other Arab country wants, that couldn’t even live in peace with one another.

    • “Israel is the only bright spot of humanity in that part of the world.”

      That’s because it is controlled by Lucifer.

      • I guess congratulations are in order for an even nuttier reply than the original post, which took some doing

      • Sorry Wayne, you’re not controlling Israel !

  5. This is facile garbage. Does your editor usually let you attempt lame proverbs in place of pithy summations.

  6. What most people fail to recognize is that Hawking is boycotting Israel because he is getting old, will likely die in a few years, and yet he has accomplished nothing of value compared to what the Israeli and other Jewish scientists have accomplished. In short, people who feel inferior to Israel and Jews are boycotting Israel. It’s really as simple as that. Israelis and Jews have won many Nobel prizes for actually accomplishing things. Hawking has accomplished nothing in life. And what little Hawking has managed to write about that might be of some note, he owes entirely to the work of Jewish scientists. In fact, nobody would even be talking about Hawking at all, except for his fame due entirely to his disabilities. And, as has been pointed out repeatedly, Hawking would even be able to communicate if not for the great achievements of Israeli scientists. REAL scientists who do not feel interior would be applauding Israel, not boycotting it.

    • Thanks for the laugh Ralph.

  7. Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, in her capacity as shill for Shurat HaDin (basically a legal fund for the Israeli equivalent of the KKK), gets too caught up in her own mythologizing to get the very simple truth that the Intel i7 was designed in Hillsboro Oregon, had an Indian chief design engineer, one micro-architecture element designed in Folsolm California, with two other elements coming from a lab in Israel. No, Darshan-Leitner is like those comicbook Russians from the Cold War claiming to have invented everything.

    • Falsetinian Hephie!!!!
      Intel i7 was invented and developed in Israel base of Intel, and had continued its improvement in Oregon, US, AS MANY OTHER FIRM’S GADGETS. In any case, Oregon is full of Israel experts too.

      • Intel Israel’s Haifa, Petah Tikva, Jerusalem and Kiryat Gat centers forms the major component of Intel’s global product pipeline. The Pentium 286 and 386 microprocessors… and most of the 486 were designed at Intel Israel. The MMX technology was launched by Intel in early 1997. The MMX chip was designed for speeding up multimedia applications such as audio, video, and communications. The Centrino Mobile Technology, launched in early 2003, which gives computers Wi-Fi access and greatly enhanced mobility, was designed in Intel-Israel. The Intel-Dual Core innovation for laptops drew upon expertise and experience garnered during the Israeli development of the Centrino processor. The Intel Core 2 Quad processor for desktop PCs, designed to handle massive computer and visualization workloads enabled by powerful multi-core technology, was developed by Intel-Israel. Intel’s Core7 was developed by Intel-Israel. Intel says it is a faster, intelligent, multi-core technology that applies processing power where it’s needed most. New Intel Core i7 processors deliver an incredible breakthrough in PC performance. Most of the Windows NT and XP operating systems were developed by Microsoft Israel.

      • That’s very interesting. You can watch the lead design engineer talking about the chip’s development at youtube (dod) com (front slash) watch?v=n0bp-wKh828. Doesn’t mention Israel once! The Israeli team clearly made a big impression!

  8. Mr Hawking attended an event in Iran hosted by Ahmadinejad. Well well well. Now Mr Hawking why do you not speak up about Egypt, China,Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, USA,Syria,Iraq,Cuba Sudan, Jordan, Lebanon,Why not. This means you either lack moral clarity or you are just another hater.A man of your intellect should no better.

    • Sucks to use a turn of phrase like ‘A man of your intellect should know better’…
      and spell ‘know’, n-o.
      Niccee.

      • Keep on killing yourselves in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Yemen, Sudan, Somalis….. 50,000 a year…. good output.

  9. He doesn’t support Israeli terrorism? He must anti-semitic!

    • He supports your stupidity.
      Muslims launch rockets and suicide bombers deliberately into Israeli civilian places and you call them “freedom fighters” …. but when the Israelis respond and send missiles into terrorists sites and launchers to stop the Muslim terror you call that action a terror…… you are a terrorist-of-mind, proPALgiarist that live in sea of lies and you feel joy and sane. You have a problem with yourself and not Israel!

  10. George Orwell – To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle

    Frontpage Magazine May 2011:

    Israel is in fact the only country that is not an apartheid state. Most of the Arab countries of the Middle East exclude Palestinians, which is why the Palestinian refugee camps are still filled 63 years after the 1948 war. There were 800,000 Jewish refugees from Arab states as a result of that war, but they have all been re-settled in Israel. The head of the Palestine Authority has said no Jews will be allowed to live in the Palestinian West Bank. But there are more than a million Muslim Arabs who are citizens of Israel with more rights than the Arabs of any Arab state. Israel is the only place in the Middle East where an Arab who is gay can live without fear, and the only place where he can march in a Gay Pride parade. There are 57 Muslim countries but not one in which gays can hold gay pride parade.

    • Check your facts. Anyone who is non-jewish in Israel is not allowed to vote, or own land. Women are being harrassed for praying at the wall of the temple. Sounds an awful lot like South Africa. In fact, I think it was Nelson Mandela who was one of the first to claim that Israel WAS an Apartheid state.

      • Arabs need to lie for arguing their case…… You prove the correctness of that say!

        • Here comes the Jewish Internet Defense Force: http://www.thejidf.org Solely dedicated to astroturfing support around articles of Jewish interest.

      • Anyone who is non-jewish in Israel is not allowed to vote, or own land.

        Wow. That’s just incredibly untrue.

      • Not allowed to own land if they are not Jewish? That is a new one I never heard before.
        Is this from mommy and daddy Islam, or your religious leaders? They also teach there children that is was the Jews behind 9/11, not Bin Laden.
        What about the 1.2 million Arabs who are Israeli citizens? You know that persecuted group in Israel that per capita has the highest level of education and income of any Arab groups living anywhere in the world?
        Not one person of the 1.2 million Arabs living in Israel owns land?
        You people have not evolved much over the centuries but you do deserve credit for your propaganda campaign against Israel.
        Sadly Israel is thriving and there is mass starvation in the Islamic nations. You control the whole desert so you can not blame Israel for that also.
        It seems that your Jihad keeps you from thriving.

  11. Intel is not “Israeli technology”. Intel has one factory in Israel, heavily subsidized by the Israeli state, so that it can try to make this argument when people boycott it because of colonization, apartheid and occupation.

  12. It’s funny…he’s boycotting the only country in the Mideast where Arabs actually have rights.

  13. THE argument made above by Emma T. is just stupid. lsrael hasn’t invented ANYTHING that wasn’t subsidized by the U.S. taxpayer. We should spend that money here.

    • You’re really stupid, Mr. fake Karl Marx !!!!!!!!!!!

    • You are incorrect, it is military equipment and hardware that Israel gets from the United states.
      All of you Mohammeds or whatever guttural name you have love to spew the same hatreds when it comes to Israel.
      I guess a tiny nation that is only Sixty Five years old that is thriving and is the only democracy in the middle east must be a bit much to stomach when your Islamic brothers and sisters stay lost in time from one generation to the next.

      • mark how is Israel a democracy if most of the people living under it are not allowed to vote? What definition of “democracy” are you using?

      • That argument is an embarrassment to any Jew worth his yarmulke. We add money to lsrael’s budget, then they spend it. Some goes for salaries, some goes for murder – oops, I mean weapons.

  14. The fundamental failure of this article is a consequence of its author’s failure to apprehend that Mr.Hawking takes issue with some Israeli-government policies, but not with Israelis generally.

    Mr.Hawking choose to boycott the Israeli *Presidential* Conference to protest the *Presidential* policies. Ms.Teitel might have had ground for her claim had Mr.Hawking choose to boycott an event that wasn’t explicitly tied to the Israeli government.

    —–
    P.S. “…ignoring the rest of the human-rights averse Middle East.”
    Ms.Teitel places the human-rights abuses taking place in Palestine among other beacons of Middle-East decorum: chemical warfare, not least among them. At least she can be credited for accurately assessing the gravity of Israel’s crimes.

  15. Isn’t funny that when pro Israeli advocates want to trash someone who doesn’t fall into step with their views, they throw out the “Anti-Semetic” card? I’m sorry but that argument died with Hitler. If someone chooses to boycott the state of Israel, based on their actions towards other Nations, it, doesn’t make them Anti-Semetic.

    As the former Israeli Minister (Schulamit Aloni) on the talk show “Democracy Now” (May 1oth, 2013) stated

    “Calling someone anti-semetic is a trick they (the Jews) use when faced with anyone who criticizes Israeli policy”..
    The United Nations (remember them Ms Teitel?) has found that Israel has indeed been guilty of War Crimes on the Palestinians, however everytime a resolution is proposed, the US representative on the Security Council has vetoed the proposal.
    Mr Hawking is a very intellegent individual, who, unlike the journalist who penned this article, doesn’t let emotion cloud the issue. If he believes that he is justified in this action, then he must have a good reason.
    BTW, the aforementioned “motley crew” that this reporter named, are not motely and unlike the reporter of this column, they are well known outside of their respective circles

    • My dear Arab, antisemitism is live and flourish in the Arab and Islamic world. It’s hard for you to admit it, but it shines out of your head very clearly. Arabs conquered enough of the old world and Islamized peoples and tribes by force. Now there are some Jews that don’t want to surrender to Islam and that is their only “sin”.

  16. Does this Hawking boycott Britain and the US for their occupations and mass murder of civilians far from home in Iraq and Afghanistan? Hawking doubled face is lightning!

  17. Intel i7 was invented and developed in Israel base of Intel, and had continued its improvement in Oregon, US, AS MANY OTHER FIRM’S GADGETS. In any case, Oregon is full of Israel experts too.

    • Intel Israel’s Haifa, Petah Tikva, Jerusalem and Kiryat Gat centers forms the major component of Intel’s global product pipeline. The Pentium 286 and 386 microprocessors… and most of the 486 were designed at Intel Israel. The MMX technology was launched by Intel in early 1997. The MMX chip was designed for speeding up multimedia applications such as audio, video, and communications. The Centrino Mobile Technology, launched in early 2003, which gives computers Wi-Fi access and greatly enhanced mobility, was designed in Intel-Israel. The Intel-Dual Core innovation for laptops drew upon expertise and experience garnered during the Israeli development of the Centrino processor. The Intel Core 2 Quad processor for desktop PCs, designed to handle massive computer and visualization workloads enabled by powerful multi-core technology, was developed by Intel-Israel. Intel’s Core7 was developed by Intel-Israel. Intel says it is a faster, intelligent, multi-core technology that applies processing power where it’s needed most. New Intel Core i7 processors deliver an incredible breakthrough in PC performance. Most of the Windows NT and XP operating systems were developed by Microsoft Israel.

    (An answer to the BDS liars)

    • Core i7
      Intel Core i7 as an Intel brand name applies to several families of desktop and laptop 64-bit x86-64 processors using the Nehalem (Rivers in HEBREW), Westmere, Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge microarchitectures. The Core i7 brand targets the business and high-end consumer markets for both desktop and laptop computers,[33] and is distinguished from the Core i3 (entry-level consumer), Core i5 (mainstream consumer), and Xeon (server and workstation) brands.

      Intel introduced the Core i7 name with the Bloomfield Quad-core processor in late 2008.[34][35][36][37] In 2009 new Core i7 models based on the Lynnfield desktop quad-core processor and the Clarksfield quad-core mobile were added,[38] and models based on the Arrandale dual-core mobile processor were added in January 2010. The first six-core processor in the Core lineup is the Gulftown, which was launched on March 16, 2010. Both the regular Core i7 and the Extreme Edition are advertised as five stars in the Intel Processor Rating. In January 2011, Intel released the second generation of Core i7 processors. Both the first and second generation of Intel Core i7 processors are rated as 5 stars in the Intel processor rating. The second generation of Intel core processors are based on the “Sandy Bridge” core and were updated in April 2012 with “Ivy Bridge”.

      In each of the first three microarchitecture generations of the brand, Core i7 has family members using two distinct system-level architectures, and therefore two distinct sockets (for example, LGA 1156 and LGA 1366 with Nehalem). In each generation, the highest-performing Core i7 processors use the same socket and QPI-based architecture as the low-end Xeon processors of that generation, while lower-performing Core i7 processors use the same socket and PCIe/DMI/FDI architecture as the Core i5.

      “Core i7” is a successor to the Intel Core 2 brand.[39][40][41][42] Intel representatives stated that the moniker Core i7 is meant to help consumers decide which processor to purchase as the newer Nehalem-based products are released in the future.[43]

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Core

  18. This is a disappointing piece, which your writer Ms Teitel bases not on facts but on a quote from Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, the activist who two years ago tried to sue Jimmy Carter for $5M for using the word “apartheid” in reference to Israel. Tellingly, South African Bishop Desmond Tutu had used the same term in reference to Israel. I personally defer to someone who lived through apartheid to call it. But here you give a soapbox to a writer and an activist who seem to think they have more insight than Tutu and Hawking, the smartest man in the world.

    Anyway this is certainly a novel argument: A person dare not protest a state’s policies if they use anything associated with that state (by the way Intel is an American company and has more offices in South Korea and Taiwan than in Israeli). But indulging the argument, I wonder if Teitel and Darshan-Leitner eschew commercial air travel — surely they must strictly avoid the jet engine if they want to condemn the nazis who invented it?

    And as for the “ugliness and stupidity of academic and cultural boycotts” it was just that which stopped South Africa’s Apartheid. And despite the apologists, Israeli Apartheid is the new target.

    Macleans editors: The piece is transparent hasbara propaganda and you owe your readers better. I would be ashamed if I were you.

    • “surely they must strictly avoid the jet engine if they want to condemn the Nazis who invented it?”

      Love this.

  19. This is just horrible journalism. Shame on Maclean-s for going the MTV route.

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