By ranting and raving and threatening to push Hawking from the deck of the Achille Lauro, they're giving the issue a life it would not have otherwise. Every time JJ Gross sputters in rage, BDS rubs its hands in glee. Hawking did nothing to hurt Israel by exercising his right to not attend a meeting (the nerve!), but JJ Gross and his ilk are certainly making Israel look bad.
Iran's Rohani calls for more freedom of expression, says that gov't critics shouldn't be jailed (AP)