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Trade delegation mission to Israel and Palestine: profession reacts


Lior Broch -the bullying /hate campaign is the one carried out by the pro-Israel lobby in trying to divert the RIBA from carrying out its professional and ethical decisions of Council and trying to subvert its democratic will. The UKTI mission involves a disgraceful attempt to promote work for British architects on new cities in Israel' s Galilee and the occupied West Bank that involve Judaisation of Palestinan areas in the Galilee and Negev and mass displacement or obstruction of Palestinians from their villages. Contrary to your warped version of the Gaza onslaught by Israel, it was Israel that broke the ceasefire, killed many Palestinians, arresting hundreds in the West Bank that led to the justified resistance by Hamas acting in self defence against a crippling seven year illegal blockade imposed by the Israelis. The UN has called Israel's deliberate attack on civilians in the GazaStrip 'gross violations of international law'. Israel has since imposed an even tighter siege on Gaza and a horrendous man-made humanitarian emergency -making it impossible for any reconstruction to happen. It is these sorts of crimes that should make the UKTI and the RIBA shun these sorts of missions, and press for the Council's resolution to suspend the Israeli architects' association, which has never censured their members' participation in illegal criminal projects, or expressed any condemnation of the Gaza urbicide or ethnic cleansing of Palestinians to build Israeli projects on their stolen land.

Posted date

30 November, 2014

Posted time

10:32 pm