It wasn’t anti-Semitism
Stephen Hawking canceled a conference hosted by the president of Israel, Shimon Peres, held for this June in order to show his support for the Palestinian cause [“Stephen Hawking won’t attend Israeli conference, seattletimes.com, May 8].
His decision is not due to health concerns, as stated by Israeli supporters, but as a way to boycott Israel academically.
However, his decision to boycott provoked outrage and false accusations of anti-Semitism. It is not anti-Semitism; it is the acknowledgment of Israeli oppression of Palestinians and Hawking refusing to be part of it. His decision marks another victory in the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.
David Jeraiseh, Seattle