Stephen Hawking highlights the core of Israel's conflict

Even Israel's attitude to the disabled is in direct contrast to that of the Arab world.

Giulio Meotti,

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Stephen Hawking, the idol of science, spoke to the world using a processor built in Israel, the Intel Core i7. Yet, Hawking took part in the boycott of the Jewish State and was then hailed by all pro-Palestinian fans and fanatics (Hawking later partially retracted his position).

Hawking and those who promote these anti-Semitic discriminatory policies should have known that disabled people in the Arab world are “invisible” because they are segregated and hidden from the public, as though they are something to be ashamed of, while Israel's commitment to fight diseases deserves to have a book written about it.

Israel is one of the most important laboratories in the world where cures for diseases and disabilities are found, from blindness to paralysis, from Alzheimer's to injuries. Israel is a “start up” nation not only for high tech, but also for science and medicine. That is why Israel has one of the world's highest per capita rate of Nobel Prizes, scientific degrees, publications and new books per person. The “People of the Book” in the State of Israel also became the “people of the books”.

In Israel, paraplegic war heroes are protagonists of TV series, disabled athletes are very successful and praised, like the swimmer Keren Leibovitz. There is an image that explains Israel more than many articles and words - the dance of the disabled people serving in the army, they sit on wheelchairs while holding hands.

While I was writing my book on terrorism, “A New Shoah”, I met the wife of Moshe Gottlieb, a chiropracter by profession. He was known as the "healer" for Down Syndrome children and disabled people. It was Moshe who helped those who were considered hopeless. Moshe was killed by a Palestinian Arab terrorist as he went, as usual, to visit the sick.

I thought about all this when Stephen Hawking passed away and recalled the boycott of Israel he had supported. Then I remembered the most famous Palestinian disabled person of all, Sheik Yassin, the founder of Hamas who was known for blessing and encouraging the suicide bombers.

It was then I understood what, perhaps, even scientific genius Hawking, who discovered those black holes, had not understood:

That the core of the conflict in Israel is one between a culture of death and a culture of life, a culture committed to hate and war and a culture built on compassion and hatred of tyranny.