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Letters | Scientist stirs controversy with protest against Israel

Something insidious at work when Israel is sole focus of boycotts

On its face, the May 11 editorial “Stephen Hawking: peaceful protest, angry outcry” appeared measured and moderate. It was anything but.

Hawking’s decision not to attend an academic conference in Israel was an extension of a lopsided global campaign that, in the name of peace, urges boycotts and other actions that are designed to demonize and isolate Israel.

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