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Submission + - Stallman succumbs to Palestinian boycott 3

TDDPirate writes: From: Richard Stallman
Sent: Saturday, May 28, 2011 9:31 PM
Subject: I have to cancel the speeches at universities

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.

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
51 Franklin St
Boston MA 02110
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Stallman succumbs to Palestinian boycott

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  • If Stallman had the balls to tell the Palestinians to go to hell if they press their demand that he boycott Israeli universities, after advocating in favor of them in the name of human rights, he might be able to get them to withdraw their demand that he boycott Israeli universities (including Haifa University, which has high percentage of Israeli Arab students - in other words, Palestinians who are Israeli citizens).
  • Let the Palestinians and the Israelis split the cost of his travel and he can speak at both.

    I'm assuming no one was intentionally trying to get a freebie.

    • That would have been satisfactory.

      The way I read things, if Stallman had asked for financial support, he would have got it. And no one on the Israeli side of things would even think to prevent him from speaking at whatever Palestinian venue that he might have lined up.

      However, he just said "Sorry, I'm not coming". He needs to ask for something in order to get it.

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