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Palestinian and Israeli architects divided over UKTI visit

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All that this 'Constructive Dialogue' lot can do is to repeat the endless diversionary mantra about the RIBA changing the planning system here, instead of 'fighting foreign wars' -all nonsensical gobbledegook to avoid facing the fact that Israel's architects' association has done nothing to stop its members from participating in war crimes, by building illegal settlements on stolen Palestinian land -in total breach of professional ethics and international law. This is the serious intent that is entirely the responsibility of any country's institutions to take up on an international level -which is what the UIA is all about. The 19 March Resolution was an historic democratic Council decision that the RIBA has disgracefully averted, due to the pressure and intimidation of the Israel lobby -including libellous accusations of anti-semitism from the Jewish Chronicle. The UKTI Trade delegation is a spit in the face to the Palestinians by consorting with the IAUA, in the light of disgraceful disregard of the Palestinian Association of Architects, who have not been consulted, and who have expressed their opposition to this tasteless and damaging trip. The RIBA disgracefully has disregarded the Palestinian letters and pleas to end their damaging collusion with the Israelis, who were given exclusive access to the Executive and President, and the curiously biased International Committee. One of the suggested new cities the UKTI are luring British architects to visit, is 'New Jericho' which is an enforced removal of Bedouin from their grazing lands on E1, an illegal Israeli settlement expansion that grabs more Palestinian land, to extend illegally annexed areas of 'Greater Jerusalem' to Maale Adumim, the largest illegal settlement built mostly on stolen Palestinian land. Asking European countries to help them against the settlement plan,the Bedouin have voiced fear that there would be no local Palestinian village left in the area of E1 if Israel forced them off the land, saying "It is impossible to bring peace with this kind of eviction plan,". Last month, Israeli daily Haaretz reported that the European Union sought to persuade Israel not to take a series of moves in the occupied West Bank deemed "red lines" by the union – including settlement building in the E1 area. According to the paper, the European Union believes that crossing any of these "red lines" by Israel could undermine the possibility of a future Palestinian state alongside Israel – a risk that could draw further European sanctions against Israel. How the UKTI, and the siren voices of Constructive Dialogue can go along with these ridiculous and unsavoury trips in the light of Israel's increasing violence and crimes against the Palestinian people is beyond comprehension. This appeasement of Israel must stop, and the RIBA, UIA and UKTI reverse their controversial courting of the IAUA, and listen and implement the clear Resolutions and Articles that back the suspension, rather than engagement with it.

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30 November, 2014

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