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Lior Brosh's comments

  • Trade delegation mission to Israel and Palestine: profession reacts

    Lior Brosh's comment 24 November, 2014 1:16 pm

    I would like to congratulate the UKTI for promoting British architecture and helping us to get work abroad.
    I am glad that they are being open minded and have not given in to the recent bully / hate campaign lead by RIBA.
    It appears that the UKTI is doing the job that should be RIBA’s purpose and at least they are engaging with both sides to create work that benefits both sides. i.e. does not create further divisions.

    The 51 day war was actually a 55 day war since the Hamas (which is viewed as a terror group by the UK and other countries) had been firing a barrage of missiles into Israel days before the war started. So, Israel decided to take action like any country would do to defend its citizens (a small detail that was omitted from every British news channel and by the above article).
    The blockade in Gaza started because of constant hostility towards Israel. This blockade was also imposed by Egypt however, this was not mentioned by the leaders of the Hate Campaign.
    The fact is that this is a complex situation with a long history and it is irresponsible and damaging to think that Israel is the only guilty partner here.

    I wish that RIBA will put the same amount of energy to promote change within our outdated and dysfunction planning system in the UK.

  • RIBA councillor slams delegation to Israel

    Lior Brosh's comment 15 November, 2014 4:57 pm

    Answering George Oldham;
    I am sorry, but this how it was portrayed and therefore this is the outcome
    Please let me quote for you some of the recent headlines:

    “Royal Institute of British Architects backs Israel boycott motion”
    “Libeskind and Meier attack UK architects over Israel boycott”
    “Israeli architects applaud RIBA retreat from call for boycott”
    “Israeli architecture association faces ban from international forum”
    “Boycotting the architects of Israel’s occupation”

    I have plenty more if you wish…

    A quick question to you and Angela Brady…
    Did you pass a motion to ban the Architectural Society of China (ASC), over the occupation of Tibet?
    Did you pass a motion to ban Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (TMMOB) over the occupation of Cyprus and the Hatay province?
    Did you pass a motion to ban on Iran and Saudi Arabia for not letting woman practice architecture?
    Did you pass a motion to ban The Union of Architects Of Russia over the occupation of Ukraine?
    Did you pass a motion to ban RIBA members that build in countries such as Qatar that sponsor world terror?
    Did you pass a motion to ban RIBA members that build in countries that do not have human right laws?
    Did you pass a motion to ban RIBA members that build in occupied Gibraltar?
    RIBA also did nothing about RIBA members that participated in competitions to build in Libya when Muammar Gaddafi was in power.
    Did RIBA ever fight to return all the stolen architectural items stolen by Britain and held in Museums under the titles “given as a gift”?

    You mentioned that Israel does not comply with UN law; however it is not the only country that doesn’t comply with UN laws. I would love to hear why you and Angela Brady chose to single out one country.
    Please don’t give the same old story about how Israel is different from the rest. I would like an honest answer of why RIBA has chosen to ignore everything else that is going wrong in this world and single out the only democratic country in the Middle East.
    I am concerned at the personal reasons that such a motion was brought up in the first place. Why were all of RIBA’s members not asked to vote on this? Why were only a select few at the top involved?
    The motives do not sit comfortably with me at all.

  • RIBA councillor slams delegation to Israel

    Lior Brosh's comment 14 November, 2014 10:37 am

    With regards to the spokeswoman quote below
    “…considering the Institute’s role in engaging with communities…”
    The key word is ENGAGE -Where does a boycott fit in with engaging?

    I don’t understand what this boycott is supposed to achieve?
    All RIBA is doing is singling out one country out of 195 and potentially opening itself up to discrimination and racist lawsuits charges.
    Who exactly is going to pay the bill?

    Why can’t RIBA stick to its true motives and promote British Architecture?
    They didn’t boycott China over the occupation of Tibet
    They didn’t boycott Turkey for the occupation of Cyprus and the Hatay province
    They didn’t stop British Architects running to build in Libya when Muammar Gaddafi was in power
    They don’t stop British Architects building in Qatar which is a major funder of world terror
    They don’t boycott any British Architects building in the occupied Gibraltar
    They don’t promote the return of stolen architectural items that sitting in the British museums

    Why the double standards?

    Is there any chance RIBA can commit itself to its true motives and help British Architects just a little bit?
    For example - push for reform in our dysfunctional planning system? Just a thought…

  • RIBA Council members travel to Israel and Palestine for talks on settlements

    Lior Brosh's comment 12 November, 2014 2:58 pm

    Abe, you simply don’t get me! I don’t want it to be a political discussion because RIBA is not the stage.
    A boycott is an act of hatred and pure discrimination, and if you think this will help the situation then you are very much mistaken.
    This outpour of anti-Israel energy and hatred is not bringing the 2 sides any closer to peace. Peace is what’s needed for all the people of that region i.e. not by adding fuel to an already well-lit fire.
    Violence has already escalated towards Jewish communities all over Europe as a result of hate campaigns even though they had nothing to do with the latest conflict in Gaza.

    RIBA should stick to its original motives and let the elected politicians to do their jobs instead of listening to the street mob.
    If I oppose to the current Israeli policies I have the choice to vote for the relevant parliament party and I don’t want RIBA to use my fees for their own political gains
    I would like RIBA to promote good design & architecture and create more work for architects in the UK. I would like them to fight for architects rights instead of sending a “superior expert panel” abroad to deal with subject they have no desire to understand and will never win.

    Architects supposed to come with a creative solution to a problem – boycott is not a creative solution.

  • RIBA Council members travel to Israel and Palestine for talks on settlements

    Lior Brosh's comment 11 November, 2014 4:11 pm

    Dear Abe,
    This is simply not true; RIBA was founded in order to promote British Architecture – that’s it!
    Therefore, as a British Architect member I’d much prefer them to push for reform in our dysfunctional planning system that gives absolute control to planners that have zero knowledge or understanding about architecture & design.
    I am personally frustrated at how easy it is for projects to be stuck for ridiculous reasons for months in the appeals system and the outdated bureaucracy of the UK planning system.

    If RIBA would like to fight for the worldwide justice of architecture then why not fight to recover and hand back to its original owners all the architectural items that have been stolen from countries in the past and are currently sitting in British museums?

    Israel is a democratic country where you have full freedom of speech and press, therefore people behind the ‘campaigns of hate’ know they can get away with it.

    It seems unjust that this blanket approach towards Israeli architects will alienate the architects that make a conscience choice not to be involved in the projects that are based in disputed land.

    There is so much wrong within the Middle East at the moment but RIBA decides to pick up on a small and easy target to get political gain in knowing that they can safely send their ‘panel of experts’ as judges.

    I would like to see how they would be welcomed in China or Turkey !?

  • RIBA Council members travel to Israel and Palestine for talks on settlements

    Lior Brosh's comment 11 November, 2014 2:50 pm

    Dear Abe,
    This is simply not true; RIBA was founded in order to promote British Architecture – that’s it!
    Therefore, as a British Architect member I’d much prefer them to push for reform in our dysfunctional planning system that gives absolute control to planners that have zero knowledge or understanding about architecture & design.
    I am personally frustrated at how easy it is for projects to be stuck for ridiculous reasons for months in the appeals system and the outdated bureaucracy of the UK planning system.

    If RIBA would like to fight for the worldwide justice of architecture then why not fight to recover and hand back to its original owners all the architectural items that have been stolen from countries in the past and are currently sitting in British museums?

    Israel is a democratic country where you have full freedom of speech and press, therefore people behind the ‘campaigns of hate’ know they can get away with it.

    It seems unjust that this blanket approach towards Israeli architects will alienate the architects that make a conscience choice not to be involved in the projects that are based in disputed land.

    There is so much wrong within the Middle East at the moment but RIBA decides to pick up on a small and easy target to get political gain in knowing that they can safely send their ‘panel of experts’ as judges.

    I would like to see how they would be welcomed in China or Turkey !?

  • RIBA Council members travel to Israel and Palestine for talks on settlements

    Lior Brosh's comment 10 November, 2014 6:29 pm

    In response to Abe Hayeem,
    I am sorry, but I refuse to be dragged into your delusional campaign of hate and biased/one-sided account of history.

    While you are trying to use this stage for your own political agenda I tried to stay on the subject - “If RIBA should take a political role as judge & prosecutor for the dozens of conflicts around the world”?
    If yes, should RIBA Members sponsor the travel, food, salaries and all the expenses involved for the expeditions of the “expert” judge panels?
    Since RIBA already took the role as a judge & prosecutor which is fine - why did they choose to target one single country?

    This is not justice, it is simply discrimination. The reason Israel was chosen is because it is an easy target which is fashionable to bash.

    I have lived in Britain long enough to know that the UK loves to hate Israel. I noticed that when I first came to London as a student many years ago, a London based architect refused to let me into his house for the only reason that I was born in Israel.

    Weak people hate, strong people embrace. RIBA has the opportunity to embrace and support the Israelis that do indeed refuse to build in the disputed land OR just become another Bully and boycott them all.

  • RIBA Council members travel to Israel and Palestine for talks on settlements

    Lior Brosh's comment 7 November, 2014 6:08 pm

    The main question is if RIBA should take a political role and if it should why it does choose to target only one country?

    You may argue that in the 70’s RIBA took the same action against South Africa but the question if there are any similarities or whether is simply fashionable to bash Israel without understanding the history of the region.

    If it is not about fashion or like the Jewish Chronicle claims as “anti-Semitic” then why did RIBA not choose to take action against China over the occupation of Tibet?
    What about Turkey over the occupation and settlements of Cyprus in the 1970’s or the Hatay Province occupied in the late 30’s?
    Should we also take actions against our own British Architects that build in Gibraltar, Falkland Islands or even Northern Ireland?
    In all of the above areas there were architects building in these areas, why did RIBA choose to do nothing?

    Also, the question should be asked is why our honourable RIBA members mentioned the word ‘apartheid’. As if you look into the actual reality, Israel is the only country in the area that treats its 1.6 million Arab minorities with full equal rights; they can work, build, buy properties, pay taxes, vote to the parliament and have elected members in the parliament.

    I wouldn't brand RIBA as Anti-Semitic however whatever they are trying to achieve is a wrong decision, being carried out in the wrong way & with many questions marks over its motives!

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