Cambridge University is now confirming that Prof. Hawking did decide to boycott the Presidential Conference in Jerusalem. Previous statement on health reasons were untrue.
Statement on Professor Hawking and Jerusalem conference, 8 June 2013
A University spokesman said:
“We have now received confirmation from Professor Hawking’s office that a letter was sent on Friday to the Israeli President’s office regarding his decision not to attend the Presidential Conference, based on advice from Palestinian academics that he should respect the boycott.
“We had understood previously that his decision was based purely on health grounds having been advised by doctors not to fly.”
Tim Holt MCIPR
Acting Director of Communications
Office of External Affairs and Communications,
University of Cambridge.