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Richard Stallman, head of the Free Software Foundation. Photo by AP
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The American software freedom activist Richard Stallman has cancelled a lecture that he was scheduled to give at Tel Aviv University due to pressure from the Palestinian Authority.

The funding for his trip came from the Palestinians who invited him to lecture for them, Stallman wrote in a letter explaining the cancellation.

He said that they were not pleased that he had been scheduled to lecture at Israeli universities as well, and so withheld funding for his trip.

Stallman, who is president of the Free Software Foundation, decided to cancel the lectures at the Israeli universities and wrote in his letter that he was sorry for if he caused disappointment with his cancellation.

Lectures had also been scheduled at Haifa University and Shenkar College of Engineering and Design.