Stephen Hawking Gets Twitter Abuse Targeting His Disability After He Joined Israel’s Academic Boycott

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Fatimah Mazhar
Stephen Hawking received a lot of vile Twitter abuse after the physicist decided to pull out of the conference hosted by Israeli President Shimon Peres as a protest against Israel’s aggression towards the Palestinians.

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Stephen Hawking received a lot of vile Twitter abuse after the physicist decided to pull out of the conference hosted by Israeli President Shimon Peres as a protest against Israel’s aggression towards the Palestinians.

The renowned scientist and cosmologist has expressed his support for the academic boycott of Israel which has also been endorsed by the Teachers Union of Ireland along with the members of the Association for Asian American Studies in the United States.

A lot of negative online reaction followed after Hawking announced his decision. On Twitter, some people didn’t even hesitate to target the physicist’s disability.

 

 

After the outrage over ‘disgusting cripple jokes’ regarding Stephen Hawking spread, some people took down their tweets. But the screenshots are still available.

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The academic boycott from Stephen Hawking might’ve angered the Israelis but Palestinian activists are happy with his decision.

Calling him an Anti-Semitic or criticizing him for his disability will hopefully not change Hawking’s decision. Especially not now after the lower-than-low backlash he has received. Targeting someone’s disability only proves how ignorant people are when it comes to such matters.

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