Noam Chomsky lobbied Hawking to boycott Israel’s Presidential Conference

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(JNS.org) Virulent anti-Israel critic and
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Professor Noam Chomsky urged famed
British physicist Stephen Hawking to boycott the fifth annual Presidential
Conference in Jerusalem, The Guardian
reported.

Noam Chomsky. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Chomsky, a
leader of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement,
joined several other leading British academics to urge Hawking to boycott the
conference after hearing that Hawking initially accepted an invitation to
attend.

According to The Guardian, in a letter to Hawking,
Chomsky harshly criticized Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians, calling
them “collective punishment” and said that Israel “has a name for the promotion
of its cultural and scientific standing: ‘Brand Israel.’ This is a deliberate
policy of camouflaging its oppressive acts behind a cultured veneer.”

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Source: JNS.org

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