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Rogers cuts ties with Israel protest group

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Richard Rogers has cut his ties with a group of building professionals protesting against Israel's 'occupation' of the West Bank.

The architect revealed his intention to leave the recently formed Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine (APJP) in a statement released yesterday evening.

The move by Rogers comes after he received criticism for his association with APJP in New York, where he is redesigning the Jacob K Javits Convention Center.

The Javits Centre is named after the late US Senator Jacob Javits, who according to reports in the New York press, staunchly opposed an Arab boycott of Israel in the 1970s.

Some of the members of APJP suggested after their inaugural meeting in February that the UK architecture profession could lead an economic boycott of Israel.

Rogers said: 'My convictions on peace and justice have always been clear.

'But in view of the published aims of APJP, and particularly in view of the suggested boycott by some members, I am dissociating myself from this organisation.'

by Rob Sharp

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