By the time I came home today, lots of keyboards have been pounded about the question. First it was stated that he's staying away to boycott us. And then I saw on Algemeiner.com that it was simply a deterioration in his medical situation.
It turns out that Stephen Hawking’s cancelled trip to Israel is not a matter of boycotting the Jewish state, but rather merely a result of his health.His Israeli fans were relieved and worried after hearing that news.
The Guardian, which broke the faux story late last night, claimed that Hawking was to boycott the Presidential Conference in Jerusalem next month after receiving an erroneous statement from the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP), which claimed that it had issued it with Hawking’s approval.
The statement said that the move was “his independent decision to respect the boycott, based upon his knowledge of Palestine, and on the unanimous advice of his own academic contacts there.”
Then another news item was published saying that he is boycotting Israel.
A University spokesman told The Algemeiner that “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.
IMHO, if he really likes and respects those Arabs so much, then he should be declared persona non grata and not allowed to enter Israel at all.
Yes, the same should be for all of the international extreme Leftists.
Just because Stephen Hawking has survived and functioned longer than probably anyone else with ALS doesn't make him right and correct in terms of his opinions and ideology, especially his opinion about Israel. Everyone should stop judging him as some sort of miracle novelty item and listen to what he says and look at what he does. Hawkin's support of the Arabs whose aim is the destruction of the State of Israel makes him a very dangerous man. We shouldn't let sympathy for his medical condition cloud and distort our feelings for him. If he prefers our enemies, then he is one of them, an enemy of the State of Israel.