Ben White: Why Hawking is Right to Boycott Israel

Ben White, author of A Beginner’s Guide to Israeli Apartheid (Pluto, 2009) and Palestinians in Israel (Pluto, 2011), has written two articles in support of Stephen Hawking’s recent decision to withdraw from Israeli President Shimon Peres’s conference, Facing Tomorrow.

Writing for both Al Jazeera (Five reasons why Hawking is right to boycott Israel) and the Huffington Post (Stephen Hawking Is Right: Israel Must Be Boycotted), Ben White has set out two lists of reasons why the world-renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist is right to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign by rejecting his headline slot at the conference.

Initially, Cambridge University claimed that the decision was due to Hawking’s ill health. However, a letter sent from Hawking to the conference organisers, and quoted in the Guardian, clearly reveals the true, political motivation.

Al Jazeera’s Inside Story programme will also be covering this story at 17.30 GMT today, including an appearance from Ben White.

You can also buy Ben’s books from the Pluto website here, or through the links below.

Palestinians in Israel

Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy

Ben White. Foreword by Haneen Zoabi

Argues that Israel’s insistence on declaring itself a Jewish state leads to discrimination, segregation and a guarantee of continued conflict.

“This book debunks convincingly and forcefully the myth of Israel being ‘the only democracy’ in the Middle East. As this book shows, the treatment of the Palestinians in Israel is the ultimate proof that the Jewish State is anything but democratic.” – Professor Ilan Pappe, University of Exeter and author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine and Out of the Frame

“Essential reading to understand why there can never be peace unless Palestinian citizens of Israel are granted full equality, something they are systematically denied by Israel’s aggressive, and increasingly unrestrained Zionist ethnocracy.” – Ali Abunimah, Co-founder of Electronic Intifada, author of One Country

£14.99 only £13.00 on the Pluto site

Israeli Apartheid

A Beginner’s Guide

Ben White

Indispensable introduction to the Israel/Palestine conflict, examining the current structures of Israeli domination.

“A very strong and clear voice that does not shun from exposing in full, and in a most accessible manner, the essence of Zionism and Israeli policies in Palestine. In a world confused by competing narratives, disinformation and fabrication, this book is an excellent guide for understanding the magnitude of the crimes committed against the Palestinians and the nature of their present suffering and oppression.” – Professor Ilan Pappe, University of Exeter, Israeli historian and author of ‘The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine’ (2007)

“This book deals rationally and cogently with a topic that almost always generates considerable heat even just with book titles. The reader may not agree with everything that White asserts but it is a highly commendable effort to throw light on a fraught subject.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

£9.99 only £8.50 on the Pluto site

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