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Margaret Salmond (Letters, 10 May) draws attention to “the Israeli medical and other innovations lost not only to Cambridge University but also to all of the UK” if we should implement the academic boycott of that country advocated by Professor Stephen Hawking. She continues that he “may wish to forego inventions enabling him to overcome his disabilities, but what about countless other needy bodies not given his choice?”

What she fails to mention is that he is dependent on such Israeli innovations as the chip that powers his computer tablet, without which he would be unable to communicate his misguided views. Either he is un-aware of his debt to Israel, or he is an ungrateful hypocrite.

Martin D Stern

Salford, Manchester