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07-05-13 Stephen Hawking joins academic boycott of Israel in solidarity with Palestinians.doc

07-05-13 Stephen Hawking joins academic boycott of Israel in solidarity with Palestinians.doc

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Published by William J Greenberg
Professor Stephen Hawking is backing the academic boycott of Israel by pulling out of a conference hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem as a protest at Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
Hawking, 71, the world-renowned theoretical physicist and Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, had accepted an invitation to headline the fifth annual president’s conference, Facing Tomorrow, in June, which features major international personalities, attracts thousands of participants and this year will celebrate Peres’s 90th birthday.
Professor Stephen Hawking is backing the academic boycott of Israel by pulling out of a conference hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem as a protest at Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
Hawking, 71, the world-renowned theoretical physicist and Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, had accepted an invitation to headline the fifth annual president’s conference, Facing Tomorrow, in June, which features major international personalities, attracts thousands of participants and this year will celebrate Peres’s 90th birthday.

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Stephen Hawking joins academic boycott of Israel in solidarity withPalestiniansBy The GuardianTuesday, May 7, 2013 21:55 EDT
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Professor Stephen Hawking is backing the academic boycott of Israel by pulling outof a conference hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem as a protestat Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.Hawking, 71, the world-renowned theoretical physicist and Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, had accepted an invitation to headlinethe fifth annual president’s conference, Facing Tomorrow, in June, which featuresmajor international personalities, attracts thousands of participants and this yearwill celebrate Peres’s 90th birthday.Hawking is in very poor health, but last week he wrote a brief letter to the Israelipresident to say he had changed his mind. He has not announced his decisionpublicly, but a statement published by the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine with Hawking’s approval described it as “his independent decision torespect the boycott, based upon his knowledge of Palestine, and on the unanimousadvice of his own academic contacts there”.

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