Here' in the Netherlands it is hard to criticise elements of the Likud government policies without being accused of anti-Israel-sentiments or being anti-jew. Which, for me, is not the case. For a free opinion, there's more breathing space inside of Israel, although I can't really see whether they are informed as well as I feel. The opinion of Stephen Hawking should be welcomed because it is not closing the door to a debate. I can't see why people are so upset with him.
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from the article: Hypocrisy and double standard: An open letter to Stephen Hawking