A very correct decision by Prof Hawking. Being the only apartheid state in the modern world, we need more and more of these boycotts and sanctions to tame the intransigent Zionist regime to recognize the rights of Palestinians in the occupied territories. Moreover Israel has recently withdrawn from UNHRC and has time and again flouted international laws and regulations. The settlers from Eastern Europe and other states which occupy the private lands of Palestinians are becoming more and more belligerent day by day burning olive trees, denying water and other resources and harassing the Palestinians. It would also not have been apt for Prof Hawking to address a conference that has been previously addressed by Bush and Blair who are accused of war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Stabbing reported in Kiryat Gat in southern Israel (Haaretz)