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RIBA overturns controversial Israel motion


Yesterday was a black day for the RIBA and for a President who has failed to uphold the spirit of the RIBA Code of Conduct. Council voted that :- • “The resolution of 19th March was beyond its powers” (to make judgment on) “the justifiability of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, and that this has • no real connection with ‘the advancement of architecture”. This despite the fact that when Professor Hans Haelein, Gail Waldman and I met with the President on 5th November, he agreed that if any architect in the UK behaved as our Israel colleagues do, in aiding and abetting development on stolen land, they would be acting in contravention of the RIBA Code and would be disciplined. Principle 3 of the RIBA Code of Professional Conduct, headed Relationships reads:- “Members should respect the beliefs and opinions of other peoples, recognize social diversity and treat everyone fairly. 3.1. They should also have a proper concern and due regard for the effects that their work may have on its users and the local community.” Further, in nullifying the March resolution, the RIBA is ignoring and setting aside as of no account, the clearly expressed views of our Palestinian colleagues, as expressed in writing to the President in letters of 27th May and 11th November 2014. In the latter of these 2 letters, contrary to what Council were told, they write with regard to the visit by 2 representatives of the International committee, one of whom is no longer a Council member:- “We regret the fact that we were not consulted, or informed of the aims, objectives and schedule of this visit of the two RIBA delegates. We feel that the visit was planned as a tool to divert the RIBA motion and strip it of its spirit and goals. The statements made on the website of RIBA, the lack of clarity in the aim and objectives of the visit, as well as the continuous engagement of RIBA with IAUA indicate that there is no intention to implement the 19th of March resolution or to build on it. Instead, it seems like the democratically debated resolution is being sidelined in favor of alternative agendas.”

Posted date

5 December, 2014

Posted time

3:40 pm


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