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RIBA councillor slams delegation to Israel


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.

Posted date

15 November, 2014

Posted time

4:57 pm