Thank Stephen Hawking for taking a stand against Israeli Apartheid

Dear Prof. Stephen Hawking,
We, the undersigned, wish to express our appreciation for your decision to respect the Palestinian-led boycott of Israeli academic institutions by pulling out of a conference hosted by Israeli President Shimon Peres. As students, professors, scientists, activists, organizations, and people of conscience across the world, we are inspired by this powerful demonstration of morality and the respect that you have demonstrated for your Palestinian colleagues.Your decision comes as Israel’s settlement project expands unimpeded; as nearly five thousand Palestinian political prisoners are held in Israeli jails and prisons — many indefinitely and without charge; as millions of refugees are denied their internationally-inscribed right to return to their homes and lands; as Palestinians within Israel are denied equal protection and rights under the law; as freedom of movement is denied in the West Bank and the Gaza blockade continues mercilessly; and as the U.S. government funds Israel’s violations of Palestinians’ human rights and international law with $3 billion in military aid annually.We are proud to stand with you – a leader, role model, and household name worldwide – in solidarity with Palestinians working for freedom, justice, and equality.

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