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Palestinian architects call on Hodder not to back down on Israeli motion


The story is now unravelling, with the Palestinians' voice being heard at last. With all the intrigues and pressure going on behind the scenes, we must now hold the UIA to account for neglecting to do their duty as the world body of architects, to take action on Resolution 13 (condemning projects against the Geneva Conventions) which they have confirmed several times at various Councils and Assemblies. It is absurd, as they say that it is beyond their political scope, or it does not meet the suddenly emerging 150 day rule (5 months!) for submitting a Motion. Where a country is so flagrantly breaking international law in its whole architectural practice in the Occupied Palestinian Territories -(and its discriminatory property and building laws within Israel itself ) -one simply cannot dismiss any action at all and propose 'dialogue' between the oppressor and oppressed -since experience shows the IAUA just refuses to acknowledge its role in this oppression and would be delighted in the UIA never taking a stand. In all fairness, this Motion must be treated as an emergency, where the settlements, the violence, the de- facto annexations and ethnic cleansing is proceeding at an accelerated pace with the breakdown of the so-called peace talks. Come on UIA, have the guts to uphold justice and ethical standards of our profession and send a clear message to Israel that there is price to pay for its decades-long impunity!

Posted date

4 June, 2014

Posted time

10:39 pm