The visit by some RIBA members reflects nothing but a clear and deliberate act of diversion from the original RIBA motion adopted on the 19th March -- which calls for the suspension of Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) from UIA.
Not only the Palestinian team were not informed in advance with the aims and objectives of the visit. They were used as tools to strategically divert the RIBA motion which still stands and should be pursued.
The Palestinian building professionals are shocked by the announcements made following RIBA members visit without any prior discussion or consultation with Palestinian team or with the RIBA team members who backed the motion of the 19th of March.
The Palestinian Engineering Association stresses that the original motion to suspend IAUA -- for the unethical architectural practice strategically exercised to fragment the Palestinian society and their spaces -- should stand firm and get consolidated with clear strategy and plan of action by RIBA. Any attempts to divert the motion – especially by those who happen to have voted against it – is unacceptable.
The release above with its contents is misleading and and indeed dangerous. What the Palestinians are suffering from is a result from the Israeli occupation and its illegal act of land confiscations, illegal settlements, apartheid wall and war crimes committed by Israel in breach to International Laws and the 4th Geneva Convention. This is not a 'civil conflict', nor it is a 'natural disaster'.