From another ALS patient - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Esteban
    • 08.05.13 | 13:38 (IDT)

    Dear Dr. Hawking, My name is Esteban Alterman, I live in Jerusalem and I have been suffering with ALS since 2006. That same year, I was still working as a photojournalist and I had the unique opportunity to take your picture before your lecture at the Hebrew University. Two years later, when I was officially diagnosed with ALS, I couldn't stop thinking about our meeting, which of course you will not remember. For you, I was just another photographer; for me, you were a hero. Today, we have something in common. We don't share the same profession, and our backgrounds couldn't be more different. But we do share what seems like an impossible fight against our common disease. Your decision to join the academic boycott of Israel undermines the battle for scientific discovery and advancement that has the potential to find cures, or even simply remedies to give us our quality of life back, for our common disease, and those of others who suffer in their own ways. Israel's politics should be divorced from its genuine efforts to advance the cause of medicine and science. What you perceive as an effort to produce change politically will instead simply adversely affect the future of independent academic pursuit. I hope that the headlines tomorrow report that you've decided to support academic freedom and come to Israel after all. Wishing that you and I both may prosper from the fruits of current Israeli ALS research, I send you my best wishes, Esteban Alterman Jerusalem, Israe

    from the article: Stephen Hawking boycotts Israeli academic conference, Guardian reports
    First published 12:10 08.05.13 | Last updated 06:01 08.05.13
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