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Leading architects to criticise Israeli occupation

A high-profile, partisan collection of architects is set to convene this week to debate architecture and planning in the occupied territories of the Middle East.

The group, which contains some of architecture's biggest names, will provoke controversy by meeting just days after Hamas' shock electoral victory in the Palestinian parliamentary poll.

Richard Rogers has added his weight to the movement - which includes Charles Jencks, Neave Brown and Peter Ahrends - which will criticise those design professionals aiding Israeli settlement in Gaza and the West Bank.

According to the meeting's chair, Abe Hayeem, many of the names in attendance - collectively called 'Architects and Planners for Justice' - will be those who took a stance against Apartheid in South Africa over ten years ago.

At the same meeting, scheduled for this Thursday at Richard Rogers' London headquarters, journalist and author Robert Bevan will launch his new book The Destruction of Memory - Architecture at War.

by Rob Sharp

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