I also want to clarify that I have the highest regard for UKTI having working with them for many years in many countries. They are a GREAT partner for RIBA and open many doors for architects. It is the timing of their proposed trip that I was critical of when it was pointed out to me by AJ as I was unaware of it. As chair of Women in Architecture I led a very successful mission with the British Council NENA programme for the Women@Work to Palestine 7 years ago and RIBA later signed and MOU in 2010 with their Engineers and Architects association to continue to work together and share good practice and experience. It was on that trip that our group could see at first hand the plight of our colleagues there and with that insight we want to continue to help our professional colleagues when there is a call for help and a call for justice for architectural practice and ethical standards. It is working with groups like this that we can get a better understanding of the humanitarian situation and learn how to act accordingly in a professional way.
Well done Mick and yara for the balanced arguments, some people need to hear and share. Having been there and seen the apartheid first hand, the division roads and walls, the illegal hilltop settlements and the bulldozing of peoples homes, it is imperative that this must stop. We must support this call for help from our fellow institute in Palestine and do what we can to stop this architecture of oppression and urbicide which will not be stopped by political dialogue or any dialogue it would seem at this stage. This message from UIA patron Desmond Tutu is very clear and one we hope UIA are strong enough to take on board.
Let's make some clarification here. The RIBA "Resolution" of council meeting on 19th March stands. There is so much misreporting about this, for example as referred to above;- "After the meeting, which was also attended by RIBA international vice president Peter Oborn, Lipovetsky-Lir said: ‘He [Hodder] and vice president Oborn said they are not supporting the motion; absolutely.'" The truth to this "Quotation" is that it is incorrect as Peter Oborn has written to Mr Lipovetsky-Lir refuting this information "...We were particularly disappointed that your comments appear to have informed a story that there are plans to overturn the resolution that had been passed by RIBA Council. We did not say this. We told you that the resolution had since been forwarded to the UIA whose response we await" Just to be clear that the RIBA stand united on the RIBA Resolution as also confirmed by Stephen Hodder PRIBA yesterday. Let's think positive and move on.
Comment on: Israeli architect defends RIBA’s motion
Has the real "Ed Miliband" been informed that the now "anonymous" person above, now calling themselves "by not that Ed Miliband" who fraudulently used Ed's name with his photograph, when we first saw this comment posted on line for over 24 hours? Can this anonymous person now name themselves please? or shall we call on AJ to name them? Why are AJ not taking this mockery seriously?
Comment on: Brady defends RIBA Council Israeli motion
For the graphically minded : Map: 20 years of talks keeping the Palestinians occupied http://visualizingpalestine.org/infographic/Palestinian-Israeli-Peace-Talks-Settlements-Oslo