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Stephen Hawking to boycott Israel conference

Stephen Hawking appears during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on August 29, 2012. Hawking has decided to pull out of a June conference hosted by Israel's President Shimon Peres, event organisers said on Wednesday.Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking has pulled out of a June conference hosted by Israel's President Shimon Peres, joining an academic boycott of the Jewish state, event organisers said on Wednesday.