Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Stephen Hawking Takes Boycott of Israel to Whole New Level

"What?  You mean Stephen H A W K I N G is helping Palestine??  That's amazing!"  
(shocked and elated 11 year old
on the news that the world's greatest scientist known to kids is joining the boycott of Israel)

Tweets today called Stephen Hawking a hero, thanked him, and applauded him for his choice to support the boycott.  
The media in the UK (The Guardian, UK Reuters, BBC) covered the news, and so did the press in Israel (Jerusalem Post, 972.mag and more).  It rapidly spread to the USA and Canada.  The Atlantic Wire, USA Today, The New York Times, Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, and the Daily Beast are joined by many other publications that are making this wonderful news go viral.

“Never has a scientist of this stature boycotted Israel,” said Yigal Palmor, the spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

World renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking has made the courageous decision to join the academic boycott of apartheid Israel.  He cancelled his appearance at a conference planned for this June and hosted by Shimon Peres.The decision was confirmed by Professor Hawking's university and the event's organisers yesterday.
"Hawking joined the academic boycott of Israel and pulled out of the Israeli Presidential Conference: Facing Tomorrow 2013, under the auspices of President Peres," Israeli organisers said in a statement.
The British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP), which supports the academic boycott of Israel and opposes its occupation of Palestinian territories, said Professor Hawking had decided to observe the boycott and as a result had "declined his invitation."
"This is his independent decision to respect the boycott, based upon his knowledge of Palestine, and on the unanimous advice of his own academic contacts there," it said.
Britain's Cambridge University, where Professor Hawking has worked since 1962, initially said the physicist, who suffers from motor neurone disease, had pulled out for health reasons on the grounds that doctors had advised him against flying.
But it later confirmed it was because of the boycott.