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Stephen Hawking joins academic boycott of Israel


I hear this guy is pretty smart... showing signs of wisdom now, too.

"Hawking is in very poor health, but last week he wrote a brief letter to the Israeli president to say he had changed his mind. He has not announced his decision publicly, but a statement published by the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine with Hawking's 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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Boycott like Sanctions?

Boycotts don't make sense to me anymore than sanctions. Approval or disapproval of a sovereign country's decisions cannot appropriately be taken out on their entire commerce and social association.

Should the US be boycotted by the world for many of its government's atrocious actions? We will truly be isolationist if we do not want to travel or trade with those in country's whose governments do reprehensible things.