Stephen Hawking boycott of major Israel conference

Physicist Stephen Hawking’s decision to pull out of attending a major conference in Israel next month has been met with the expected mix of praise and opprobrium. 

The world-famous scientist had agreed to attend the Israeli Presidential Conference, hosted by president Shimon Peres, in late June, but changed his mind after four weeks of being pelted with requests not to go. Professor Hawking did not make a public announcement but a statement published by the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine with his approval described it as “his independent decision to respect the boycott, based upon his knowledge of Palestine, and on the unanimous advice of his own academic contacts there”.
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