Stephen Hawking, a renowned physicist, and ambassador of science passed away last night, aged 76.
Considered by many to be among the world’s greatest modern scientists, he probed the mysteries of the universe in his wildly popular books, including the landmark A Brief History of Time.
Stephen Hawking was a friend of Palestine and he publicly condemned the Apartheid State of Israel, calling for an academic boycott in 2013.
In 2017, he posted a link on Facebook asking his followers to help support science students in Palestine.
The world famous British Scientist was a long-standing supporter for Palestine, young physicists and Birzeit University. Hawking visited the University in 2006 and lectured hundreds of faculty members and guests, and thousands of students, and joined the academic boycott of Israel.
When visiting the Palestinian University, Hawking advocated for the right to academic freedom in a press release published by Modoweiss. He praised Palestinian scientists, saying, I support the rights of scientists everywhere to freedom of movement, publication and collaboration.
Since the news of his death, there has been an outpouring of messages of adoration and grief for Hawking’s death, and his brave in principled stand for Palestinian freedom.
Source: Palestine Chronicle