FW: I have to cancel the speeches at universities

Edward Aronovich eddiea at tau.ac.il
Sun May 29 01:26:34 IDT 2011

רצ"ב הודעתו של סטולמן לגבי ההרצאות בישראל.
אני מצרף את תגובתי (שמתי אותה לאחר הודעתו של סטולמן) רק בשל העובדה שאני רואה את החלטתו של סטולמן מנוגדת לתפישה של חופש ביטוי.


-----Original Message-----
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
www.fsf.org, www.gnu.org
Skype: No way! That's nonfree (freedom-denying) software.
  Use free telephony http://directory.fsf.org/category/tel/

-----Original Message-----
From: Edward Aronovich 
Sent: Sunday, May 29, 2011 1:17 AM
Subject: RE: I have to cancel the speeches at universities

I am not disappointed that you will not give the talks - That is your legitimate right. When we had the same goals we set it and now we do not. That might happen and even though it is not pleasant it is not totally unacceptable.

However, personally I start to doubt your truthfulness about freedom. 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 implementation of your own presented ideas.


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