Earlier conflicting reports first had Hawking boycotting an academic conference in Israel, then his spokesman claimed he was not boycotting but withdrew for health concerns, and now a new statement is reiterating the first one.
Hawking, 71, has suffered from motor neurone disease for the past 50 years, and relies on a computer-based system to communicate.
According to Shurat HaDin, an Israel law centre which represents victims of terrorism, the equipment has been provided by an Israeli hi-tech firm,Intel, since 1997.
"Hawking's decision to join the boycott of Israel is quite hypocritical for an individual who prides himself on his whole intellectual accomplishment. His whole computer-based communications system runs on a chip designed by Israel's Intel team. I suggest if he truly wants to pull out of Israel he should also pull out his Intel Core i7 from his tablet," said Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of Shurat HaDin.Frankly, I`m past the point of caring what Stephen Hawking does anymore. This whole episode suggests his brain isn`t working particularly well. The only person in the world that remains impressed by him is Sheldon from Big Bang Theory.