Thursday, May 24, 2007

Weinberg Cancels UK Trip

Physics Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg has canceled an invited trip to the UK to honor Abdus Salam. This cancellation was due to his perceived view of the UK's growing anti-Isreal movement.

In the letter, the professor said his decision was triggered by an agreement by the National Union of Journalists at its national conference to boycott Israeli products.

He wrote: "I know that some will say that these boycotts are directed only against Israel, rather than generally against Jews.

"But given the history of the attacks on Israel and the oppressiveness and aggressiveness of other countries in the Middle East and elsewhere, boycotting Israel indicated a moral blindness for which it is hard to find any explanation other than ant-semitism."


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