So, You’re Anti Semitic Now, Professor Hawking?

at

hawkingFollowing last month’s vote by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland.

Steven Hawking has joined the academic boycott of Israel by pulling out of a conference hosted by former Israeli president Shimon Peres.

How’s that gone down?

Hawking’s decision met with abusive responses on Facebook, with many commentators focusing on his physical condition, and some accusing him of antisemitism.

…Israel Maimon, chairman of the presidential conference said: The use of an academic boycott against Israel is outrageous and improper, particularly for those to whom the spirit of liberty is the basis of the human and academic mission. Israel is a democracy in which everyone can express their opinion, whatever it may be. A boycott decision is incompatible with open democratic discourse.”

FIGHT!

Stephen Hawking joins academic boycott of Israel (Guardian)

Previously: To Cease All Cultural And Academic Collaboration

(Corbis)

Thanks Sido