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Alsop and Ahrends among 700 UK names pledging to a cultural boycott of Israel

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The pledge is an affirmation by the cultural and artists' community not to participate with or perform in Israel as an answer to the boycott call by Palestinian civil society against Israel's apartheid oppression that has lasted for decades with world governments sitting idly by. Sorry, Gayle, it is well documented that Israel is no democracy, with over 50 racist laws against its Palestinian citizens especially in housing, development and land ownership, and its serial breaches of over 65 UN Resolutions and humanitarian law in the occupied territories. It thus singles itself out and is ripe for action to be taken, as was courageously attempted by the 19 March 2014 vote by the RIBA Council to suspend the Israeli architects' association from the UIA. Sadly this was scuppered no less by the RIBA President, and vice-President at the UIA General Assembly in Durban last August, under pressure from a persistent Israel lobby, as documented by the AJ and BD. Now is every architects' chance to sign this artists' pledge, and also to call the RIBA to account to reverse its action in rescinding the excellent 19 March Resolution, and make an impact to end the gross ethical misconduct of the architectural participation in building illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem involving land expropriation and mass demolitions of Palestinian homes, against international law and UIA Resolutions and Articles.

Posted date

16 February, 2015

Posted time

11:45 pm

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