Maybe he wouldn't. Doesn't make HAWKING - not Hawkings or Hawkins - any less of a hypocrite taking money from a major investor in Israel, and someone who obviously cares enough for Israel cause to attend the very event Hawking is boycotting.Yuri is Russian. 2012 award went to Nima Arkani-Hamed. I'd say he couldn't give a poop if Hawkings finds Israel a buch of savages.
Case in point, during the apartheid in SA, many people chose to boycott Barclays as they had investments in there.
I don't think you fully appreciate the concept of 'boycott', do you?
Why don't you take it up with the person who made that comment.Still havn't proved that Hawkins VoiceBox was developed in Israel either.