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


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!

Posted date

7 November, 2014

Posted time

6:08 pm