Just want to briefly mention this story because it doesn't seem to be generating much attention today. Earlier this week, it was revealed that the great Stephen Hawking had decided to pull out of an academic conference in Israel and lend his support to the growing academic boycott of that country for its unconscionable treatment of the Palestinians. Hawking's decision predictably caused a firestorm and brought Israel's actions into the spotlight again. One might assume that Israel would want to show the world how wrong Hawking and other academics are by acting constructively or proving, in some way, that it is not the violent, rejectionist state that it's portrayed to be. One might assume that, right?
Israel has given the green light to build almost 300 homes in the West Bank amid US pledges to restart peace talks with Palestine. The move comes two days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to halt the settlement program.
(Originally posted at www.justindoolittle.net)