Stephen Hawking joins Israel boycott
Stephen Hawking has pulled out of a major conference in Israel, respecting the academic boycott in place over the treatment of Palestine and Palestinians.
The invitation was for the annual president’s conference entitled ‘Facing Tomorrow’. The conference features major international personalities and attracts thousands of participants. This years conference has particular significance as it will be President Peres’s 90th birthday.
Hawking’s decision marks another victory in the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions targeting Israeli academic institutions.
In April the Teachers’ Union of Ireland became the first lecturers’ association in Europe to call for an academic boycott of Israel, and in the United States members of the Association for Asian American Studies voted to support a boycott, the first national academic group to do so.
In typical fashion, the Israelis have responded by call Hawking an anti-Semite on his facebook page.
With Israel, anyone who disagrees with their illegal occupation of Palestine and murder of Palestinians is an anti-Semite!
Israel, fuck off!