The Palestinian Authority announced today that it will Open Source its late leader Yasser Arafat; the action means Mr. Arafat’s ideas, politics and peccadilloes are no longer propriety to the Palestinians but freely available to the world. It is believed to be the first instance of the open-sourcing of a world leader.
“This is a global liberation movement and it should serve every human,” said Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath. “We believe we can achieve our aims more powerfully by letting oppressed people everywhere take some of Arafat, add their own ideas and contribute back to the world. You won’t find the Israelis doing this; Ariel Sharon won’t let anybody mess with his code and that’s a mistake,” said Mr. Shaath.