Hawking’s support of BDS Boycott

Stephen Hawking supports BDS through academic boycott of Israel

Stephen Hawking supports BDS through academic boycott of Israel

The Times of Israel has an article today quoting a letter from an Israeli photojournalist to his ‘hero’ (and fellow sufferer of ALS), Esteban Alterman. Part of the letter apparently reads….

“Your decision to join the academic boycott of Israel undermines the battle for scientific discovery and advancement that has the potential to find cures, or even simply remedies to give us our quality of life back, for our common disease, and those of others who suffer in their own ways.

Esteban Alterman (photo credit: Facebook)

“Israel’s politics should be divorced from its genuine efforts to advance the cause of medicine and science. What you perceive as an effort to produce change politically will instead simply adversely affect the future of independent academic pursuit.

see full article

There are currently many internet posts discussing and publicising  the report that Steven Hawking who was to be the keynote speaker at the fifth annual President’s Conference has confirmed in a letter to Shimon Peres that he will not be attending. HIS ABSENCE DUE IN SUPPORT OF THE ACADEMIC BOYCOTT IF ISRAEL.  (for Pakistan’s Defense force website example see here)  ) Hawking was previously said to have pulled out on medical grounds.
Whilst his letter is not published, The Times of Israel reports today that Cambridge University stated “We have now received confirmation from Professor Hawking’s office that a letter was sent on Friday to the Israeli President’s office regarding his decision not to attend the Presidential Conference, based on advice from Palestinian academics that he should respect the boycott,” a Cambridge spokesperson said. “We had understood previously that his decision was based purely on health grounds having been advised by doctors not to fly.” see The Times article here. I have included a link to the Guardian site see here and the link to the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine site see here.
It is extremely soul inspiring to see so many relevant people speaking out to support the Israeli Boycott (BDS) site here and the Palestinian people. That ‘Independent academic pursuit’ could possibly be ‘adversely affected’ by Hawking’s Israel boycott anywhere (anywhere but Israel) is ridiculous. The thought that the inspiring statement from Hawking will enhance the cause of peace is not.
And for some more positive action targeting Hollywood support for Israel actually from Israeli’s check this….