Hawking right to skip conference in Israel

Hats off to Steven Hawking, the famous British theoretical physicist, who recently boycotted an invitation to Israel due to its continued gross mistreatment of the Palestinian people. You would think the Jewish people who have been so mistreated over so many years would recognize the rights of these people to fair play and the equal sharing of the land originally called Palestine.

The allied nations of the West allowed the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, resulting in millions of Palestinian refugees, the taking of their land without due compensation and now the building of walls directly through their villages. It is time the United States applauded Hawking and took his stance. If our support is to continue, Israel must change from a Jewish theocracy with second-class Palestinian citizens to a secular nation, all able to practice their own religion and be directly involved in its government.

David F. Baker