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Trade delegation mission to Israel and Palestine: profession reacts


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 I wish that RIBA will put the same amount of energy to promote change within our outdated and dysfunction planning system in the UK.

Posted date

24 November, 2014

Posted time

1:16 pm