Comment on: RIBA councillor slams delegation to Israel
Boycott, what boycott? The RIBA is neither boycotting Israel nor Israeli architects. The motion carried by Council simply asks the International Union of Architects to ask the Israeli Institute to respond to Resolution 13 which it passed in 2005, or face suspension, bringing to light an issue of professional ethics. And that's all. The only boycotts are by Jewish organisations against the RIBA in response to the RIBA's refusal to be complicit in what the UN defines as a war crime. Let's get real shall we. There is quite properly a limit to the RIBA's influence, which is why it shouldn't venture into the field of "international working groups" attempting to act as a mediator. Quite properly, as part of its core commitment to architecture and architects, it .already presses for improvements to the planning system. George Oldham.
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Quite right Francesca; the profession doesn't require any form of statutory regulation. Iit should rid itself of government control by the Arb and be self-regulatory as are all the other professions in our highly regulated building industry. We don't require the comfort blanket of protection of title; we have the Fraud Act to do that much more effectively, so let's save ourselves £3million a year and be free of the Arb's officiousness. As for Corblimier's pedantry; I couldn't care less what sex he or she is - all that matters is stopping the appalling injustices perpetrated by the Arb's disciplinary processes, well covered in the architectural press. George Oldham.
Whoever "Corblimier" is, he could not be more wrong. The Arb disciplinary process simply isn't fit for purpose and is one of the foremost reasons why this parasitic and pointless organisation has to go. The RIBA model, (which is arms-length from the Institute) is exemplary by comparison. As one of the RIBA's sternest critics, I will always readily concede that as a member organisation, it will always be subject to diverse opinions, but at least, most of any soiled linen is washed in public by contrast with the secretive and undemocratic self-serving bureaucracy of the Arb. I know; I spent the most frustrating six year's of my life as an Arb Board member attempting to protect the profession from the ARB's expansionist ambitions. George Oldham.
Agreed Angela. Let's get over any past misrepresentations and misunderstandings, and press on with the important business of taking the motion to the UIA as directed by the RIBA Council. We are well aware of the efforts to prevent this and avoid holding the Israeli Institute to account for the criminal actions of some of its members, but the accelerated settlement and ethnic cleansing programme must be addressed by the UIA if it is to retain any ethical credibility. If anyone doubts Israel's intention in its settlements policy, all they need do is read the words of the Israeli Housing Minister, Uri Ariel, which you can find on the following link, https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/blogs/politics/11773-israeli-housing-minister-uri-ariel-advocates-for-the-complete-colonisation-of-palestine.