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Stallman pulls out of Israeli lectures

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, 30 May 2011News

Open sourcerer and president of the Free Software Foundation, Richard Stallman, has cancelled a bunch of lectures and public appearances he was due to make in Israel, since he'd tacked them on to a visit he is to make to the Occupied Territories paid for by Palestinians.

Stallman was had booked himself in to speak at Haifa University, Tel Aviv University and Shenkar College in July when he also has engagements in the Occupied Territories as part of a trip paid for by Palestinian organisations.

When they found out about Stallman's other engagements his Palestinian paymasters threatened to pull the funding, which in turn lead Stallman to cancel his Israeli dates.

Stallman wrote:

"The funds for my travel to Israel are coming from Palestinians who invited me to give talks for them. They are unhappy that I offered to give talks at Israeli universities, and say they won't buy the tickets if I'm going to do that. So I can go, and cancel these speeches, or not go, and cancel these speeches.

"I think it is best if I go, and give the speeches they originally invited me to give."

"I am sorry for the disappointment this will cause."

Stallman's correspondent, Edward Aronovich, who was to coordinate Stallman's visit to Israel disingenuously claims that: "Boycotting the Israeli Universities since you get funds from Palestinians means that you accepted the Palestinians proprietary license. Neither you nor them want to help their neighbor. That is the meaning of what you are doing."

"Oh boy, you should really re-consider the meaning of freedom given the agreements you make.

"You chose the "Free beer" giving up the "Free of speech" and that disappoints me very much since it has to do with the genuinity (sic) implementation of your own presented ideas."

We might point out that when "Eddie" says "neighbor" he means belligerent occupier by means of force, so we're not entirely sure how he chooses to define 'freedom'.

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