You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe

Letters

Letters | SCIENTIST STIRS CONTROVERSY WITH PROTEST AGAINST ISRAEL

Issue is substance of Hawking’s protest, not its form

In a recent editorial, The Times of London concludes that physicist Stephen Hawking’s decision to boycott a conference in Israel was “drearily simplistic” and, indeed, “obtuse.” For the Globe, however, such criticism is perplexing since Hawking “aims to place pressure on Israel through peaceful means” (“Stephen Hawking: peaceful protest, angry outcry”).

The Globe’s May 11 editorial rests on the straw man that the criticism of Hawking’s position is because of its form. The reason the boycott movement is widely rejected is that it is both unprincipled and unjust.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week