reply to post by gladtobehere
Steven Hawking is the most intelligent person on the planet? Who says?
This is the same who considers himself an authority on whether God exists or not. It's as if when he speaks, the truth has been told.
One wonders whether we treat this man with such godly reverence because he's locked in his body and bound to a wheel chair.
Frankly, he might be the most egotistical person alive.
In any case, this is consistent with his other political interests. His claims about Gods non existence is 100% political in nature, reflecting his
solidarity with the new atheists.
Though this is a disturbing development. But in any case, academia isn't quite all on the same page, here. You have your die hard leftists,
radicalists, and antisemites, pushing the same idea about Israel. They probably do so for different reasons. Not least of which, in the case of
Hawking, is a symbolic attack on the "Jewish" worldview. To just adumbrate this concept: For a long time the west has saw itself in terms of
Judaism; Christians replaced the the old "legalist" religion of Judaism, and spent a millenia or so tormenting it's Jews. Then when the Jews were
forced into banking by Christian guilds which wouldn't let them join, or feudal law which prohibited them from owning land, then, in the 18th, 19th
and 20th centuries, when Jews found themselves over-represented (but still a minority overall) in banking and commerce, they were accused (again
falsely) of rigging the entire system to suit their interests. Again, the Europeans saw themselves in contrast to the Jews.
And now, like clockworks, here we are again. This time it's the Jewish state that the international community (particularly Muslim and European
states) seeks to contrast itself with. And this of course, is perfectly valid. There is no connection here. It isn't at all reflective of some
pathological psychological trend - of course not, we have evidence.
And yet, here I am, wondering how on earth someone could boycott Israel, a nation which contributes more to humankind's well being than the entire
Muslim world combined. A nation which, despite having the audacity to believe it could return to it's ancient land, a land they had been refused from
returning to by political decree, won back its land after fighting for it in 1948. Did things go perfectly? Did injustices occur? As in all wars, yes.
But do they deserve this? To be blacklisted? Even though this nation bends over backwards to give political rights to all its citizens; allows
political representation to its Arab population (something which is de-jure qualification for "apartheid"), made Arabic a co-official language.
My God....Only someone blind to the details and feverishly swept up by political dramas could fail to understand the reasonability of the Jewish
I would be all for a two state solution were it not for the Arab worlds obvious ill intent towards Israel.