Early yesterday, a story broke in The Guardian claiming that famed physicist and author Stephen Hawkings had withdrawn from his participation in Israel’s President’s Conference.
Whether or not his cancellation is due to political pressure, it has already been “celebrated” by anti-Israel activists as a victory for BDS.
While those who support BDS are in the minority, they are a vocal one. On The Guardian‘s web site, there is currently a poll asking users “ Is Stephen Hawking right to join the academic boycott of Israel?” Currently, about 2/3 of respondents answered yes, that heshould support an academic boycott of Israel.
I would like to ask that you, your community, and friends not just of Israel, but of open dialogue and democracy, make your voices heard. It may be “just a poll” on a website which has been far from objective in covering Israel, but it is an easy, and important way for our voices to be heard on this issue.
So far, the online reaction does not seem to reflect what I know to be a global consensus on the logicbehind boycotting the only true democracy in the Middle East.
Again, I ask you to cast your vote by clicking below, and together our community can respond to the latest round of vitriol.
Consulate General of Israel in New York
Poll closes in 12 hours