It was attended by various foreign notables, and was hosted by Shimon Peres. Hawking isn't boycotting Israeli academia. If Hawking boycotts a US schmoozefest sponsored by a US ex-President, because he disagrees with US policy, that's perfectly fair.
Woman moderately wounded by firebomb thrown at her car in north J'lem (Haaretz)
from the article: Hypocrisy and double standard: An open letter to Stephen Hawking