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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

#Tomorrow13 #BDSfail Hawking trip cancellation a hoax

In a previous post, I reported that physicist Stephen Hawking is boycotting Israel by withdrawing from the President's Conference. That made me wonder whether Hawking would at least be morally consistent and extend his boycott to the company with the most advanced breakthrough for ALS, the disease from which he suffers. You see, that company is Israeli too.
Although this was not the main aim of the test, some of the 12 patients in the phase 1/2 trial with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), the muscle-wasting disease, as well as three further patients provided with the experimental treatment, also showed highly unusual signs of improvement, the company said.
Professor Dimitrios Karussis of the Neurology Department at Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, and principal investigator of the trial, said: “We cannot ignore some possible promising indications of clinical efficacy observed in single patients, such as a tendency towards improvement in some of the major ALS Functional Rating Scale variables.”
The trial was conducted at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, and the results have been reported to the Israeli Ministry of Health.

Read the whole thing

In case you're wondering, according to this biography, Professor Dimitrios Karussis holds Greek citizenship only. We must have been real racists to let him into the country.


But the truth is that Professor Hawking is not boycotting Israel. He canceled his trip for health reasons and the BDS'ers jumped all over it using al-Guardian and the Beeb as willing tools for their hoax.
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.
The Commentator was unable to reach BRICUP via telephone for comment....
Pretty nasty for BRICUP and its fellow travelers to use a man's illness to create a hoax, isn't it? And pretty irresponsible of al-Guardian and the Beeb to publish a story like that without - apparently - at least contacting Hawking's spokesman, isn't it? But then this fits pretty consistently with a pattern of #BDSfail, doesn't it?

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At 6:42 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

A medal for Clinton, following the Obama Award?? The company you keep... what to say. The Hawking Headline went around the world (even out the farthest sticks where I am) and I don't think I've seen an objection from Prof. Hawking. His website doesn't mention it:
The Cambridge statement calls it a "misunderstanding," not a "misstatement."

So the lie stands for eternity. It's like Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown, the way the Israeli Progressives keep trying to base Israel's wellbeing on them. I'm mostly stunned that the godfather of the Progressive Democrats' America Wrecking Crew is joining that august organization's current Public Dictator in getting a treasured medal. Ugh.

At 6:52 PM, Blogger juniperinthedesert said...

cAN YOU COMMENT ON THIS? http://www.thecommentator.com/article/3477/_boycott_all_the_way_as_cambridge_university_retracts_hawking_health_statement
Posted one minute ago on twitter.

At 6:53 PM, Blogger juniperinthedesert said...

What do you make of this, posted a couple minutes ago on twitter??

At 10:53 PM, Blogger Moshe Z. Matitya said...

The boycott story was *not* a hoax, the "health" excuse was. Hawking *is* boycotting Israel.



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