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University: Hawking Israel Boycott Story Is a Fraud, Trip Canceled for Health Reasons (UPDATE)

May 8, 2013 9:03 am 42 comments

British theoretical physcist Stephen Hawking. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

It turns out that Stephen Hawking’s canceled trip to Israel is not a matter of boycotting the Jewish state, but rather merely a result of his health, according to a Cambridge University spokesman.

The Guardian, which broke the story late last night, claimed that Hawking was to boycott the Presidential Conference in Jerusalem next month, after the newspaper received a statement from the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP), which claimed that it had issued the announcement 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.” The story was then picked up by many leading news outlets around the world.

However, a University spokesman told The Algemeiner that Prof. Hawking’s cancellation was due to health issues.

“Professor Hawking will not be attending the conference in Israel in June for health reasons – his doctors have advised against him flying,” the spokesperson said.

A spokesperson earlier confirmed to The Commentator, which first reported the story, that the BRICUP organisation had “assumed” Hawking’s position on the matter, and that its claims were fundamentally untrue.

UPDATE: In an about-face, Cambridge University has now confirmed that Hawking is indeed boycotting Israel. For full article click here.


  • Well, I guess my previous comment stands. Hawking is indeed a total bigot and anti-semite. I hope that he and all his anti-semitic academic cohorts live long enough to find out what it’s like living under Sharia law.

  • PSALM 14 V.01
    (1) Fools say in their hearts,
    “There is no God.”
    They deal corruptly, their deeds are vile,
    not one does what is right.

  • harry freedman

    assuming this story is true, it will be interesting to test the integrity of the guardian paper and see if they publish not only a correction but also an explanation as to why they published not just the item about Hawkins not attending but where they got the comments from as to his alleged reasons of not wanting to come.

    bet it wont be on the front page

    • The fact is that it is this paper that is wrong, see the last line. still the rest of the article is unedited. stating that the true story is a Fraud, showing no sign of true integrity of this paper…

    • Harry, you should not, in all conscience, use “integrity” in the same sentence as the “guardian paper”

      Since the publication of this article, their blog has been having a field day, as have the Israel/Jew haters below the line.

  • WHO CARES? D’ya think the Jews will dissolve into the sea? So hawkings does…or Hawking s doesn’t!,,

    Next qvestion, pliz….


  • “In an about-face”

    Really? It sounds more like you didn’t research your story adequately.

  • That’s what you get when you believe ONE WORD of what Al Guardian says on Israel: false scoops, denials, confirmations… IN SUM: ONLY B.S.

  • Reinaert Thomasson

    Please look at the man? How can someone expect him to travel? Israel is not a next door country. The distance is quite long and the hot climate during the summer does not fit people with poor health condition. Every doctor with a bit of common sense will see the irresponsibility of traveling.

    Politic-correct multiculturalist idiots like the ones of the Guardian are playing the fiddle of boycotting Israel in the name of the ‘poor Palestinians’ etc. The redactions of such newspapers are full of righteous villains who do care only for petro-dollars payed under the table and not for the real problems of the Middle East. See the genocide conduct now on Christians in all the countries where the ‘Arab spring’ is taking place.

  • University of Cambridge officials say they erroneously understood Hawking’s decision to boycott Israeli Presidential Conference was based solely on health concerns.

    British physicist Stephen Hawking has dropped plans to attend a major international conference in Israel in June, citing his belief that he should respect a Palestinian call to boycott contacts with Israeli academics.

    Any other answer than this is false.

  • So this article is a complete fabrication?

  • The degeneracy of the UK continues. Their intellectual class, their elites, are simply rotting. The country will not even exist in 50 years – literally. But let them “boycott” Israel – because any visit to the UK will show that their “elites” have decided to boycott civilization itself. Rampant crime, shariah law, lower classes that cannot function in a modern economy, a capital city which is no longer even English!, third world population and third world efficiency, huge amounts of debt, and the pound sinking and sinking. Israel shall soon surpass them in GDP per capita and this nation had the highest per capita income in the world – tied with the US – in 1939. How have the mighty fallen. All brought to them by the same “elites” which will bravely boycott Israel but would gladly whore themselves out to the Arabs every day. Look at to whom they sell weapons, corrupting themselves in the process, with no objections from anyone. Disgusting. One can only hope the ordinary English still have enough memory of their culture and history to save themselves.

  • This story is false!

  • Hawking is a racist Jew hater, not unlike the “intellectuals” in the Third Reich who supported Hitler. Hawking’s despicable views about Israel are well known and well documented, the nonsense about his “health problems” has only been brought out due to the bitter and accurate criticism of his anti Semitic behavior. What does Hawking have in common with a “black hole?” They both suck!

    • Ken, I believe he was manipulated into doing this. He is an old and sick man and the bottom feeders who machinated this are of the same ilk as those who by stand while Palestinian children are taught to want to die while killing Jews

  • The retraction was retracted. It is now confirmed that Stephen Hawking cancelled for boycott reasons.


  • What happened to the Update that was on this story a few minutes ago?

  • FactChecking?

    Congrats, Algemeiner: this was my first impression of your work, and it was marred by the correction you published at the top of the page. Won’t be coming back. Thank your hasty, incorrect reporting–magnified by the reddit swarm for your new negative reputation.

  • This is a zionist attempt to cover up the true reason why Hawkings is not going to israel…

  • Bernard Ross

    guardian intentionally “errs” on a repeated basis,

  • Welcome to the mis-information age!

  • Rueters reports that Cambridge Univ., Hawking’s employer, issued a statement confirming the boycott issue as the reason for Hawking rescinding his acceptance to participate in the conference in Israel. Somebody’s lying, and for all the credibility the press has lost over the last couple of decades, blended with the outpourings of the ubiquitous instantaneous ceaseless propaganda machine Hasbara of Israel on any subject bearing on Israel, truth has been driven out of town. Under the circumstances I assume Hawking to be acting on principle, based on my judgement as to the integrity and character of the man in question, who by such criteria soars far above the swamp of corporate and national news speak.

  • /r/worldnews, we know that you are infested with Israelis. It’s OK.

  • Josef Goebbels would be proud of “The Guardian” and the BBC, they emulate his M.O. so well.

    PS: any more paedophiles discovered at the BBC lately?

  • Do we really know the truth?

  • its BS your fraud story discovery, smells like old fish n chips. his comment history regarding Israel and the arabs in Gaza is a proof this guy an idiot like his scientific hype ideas.

    • Bernard Ross

      facts are not changed through speculation. research and get the facts straight. The MSM is full of lies, intentionally. the errors are intentionally minimized after damage is done. It is a tactic of the dishonest.

    • You’re pretty ignorant and pathetic, aren’t you? Hawking shouldn’t have even lived as long as he has with motor neuron disease. Grow up and have some respect. Science has done more for us than your precious religion(s) ever will.

    • I like how “Shai” who cannot even type basic English is bashing the principles of the most renowned physicist on earth. Good job, moron…

    • You just said that Stephen Hawking is an idiot. Do you understand where this puts you?

  • Matthew Kalman

    You are wrong. Watch this space.

  • Lesley Silver

    Typical Guardian, never misses a chance to spread a bit of hate.

    Sadly, it’s so easy to do. Post a lie, and it’ll be round the world before you know it. Say he’s pulling out of a meeting in an Arab country, or any of the Arab-occupied parts of Israel, and the media will be checking every syllable.

    I’m sorry to hear that Mr Hawking’s not well enough to fly.

    • Ha!….oh and Ha!

      The Guardian? Spreading hate? Which parallel universe do you reside in? The one which is painted by the Daily Mail perhaps? (Who are in actual fact well known as being fear-exploiting hatemongers)

      Be content in your post-graduate bubble. Others have a world to comprehend.

    • Hi Lesley, turns out the Guardian was right after all and not “spreading hate” as you put it.

      No doubt you’ll be retracting your incorrect assertion post-haste.

    • Check the retraction. Turns out Hawkings is boycotting after all.

      And Arab occupied parts of Israel? What happened to the partition? What happened to Palestine? Not enough lebensraum for you?

    • It’s not just the Guardian; there’s a whole bunch of them namely Reuters, AP, BBC etc etc. The media is infested with liars, anything to advance their bull.

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