Please vote NO - online poll re academic boycott of Israel and Stephen Hawking
We've recently learned that the internationally-renowned scientist Stephen Hawking has pulled out of a commitment he had made to give a lead lecture at a major international science conference which will be held in Israel next month. What is known as the Israeli Presidential Conference, hosted by Israel’s President Shimon Peres, will be in Jerusalem.
In a statement published by the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine, allegedly with Hawking’s approval, Hawking’s change of mind was described 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.”
The British daily newspaper, The Guardian, is conducting an online poll entitled: Is Stephen Hawking right to join the academic boycott of Israel?
We are writing now to ask that you vote NO on this online poll.
The poll is just below the photograph here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/poll/2013/may/08/stephen-hawking-boycott-israel