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Harriet Sherwood reports on latest target of anti-Zionist witch-hunt: Israeli architects


As Harriet Sherwood’s days as the Guardian’s Jerusalem correspondent wind down, she’s evidently decided to use her remaining time doing what she does best: legitimizing the most marginal and hypocritical efforts to demonize and delegitimize Israeli Jews.  Her latest report focuses on efforts – by some ‘sophisticated’ Brits – to isolate the latest international ‘misfortune’: Israeli architects. 

Sherwood’s report begins:

Britain’s leading architectural association has called for its Israeli counterpart to be excluded from the International Union of Architects in protest at Israel‘s occupation of Palestine, in a further indication of the growing momentum of the boycott movement.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) has demanded the suspension of the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) from the international body, saying it is complicit in the construction of illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and other violations of international law.

Riba’s president, Angela Brady, told a meeting of the its council on Wednesday that failure to back the motion “would send a clear message to the world that we as an institution turn a blind eye or by inaction support what’s going on – land grabs, forced removals, killing the state and human rights, and reinforcement of apartheid“.

Additionally, we glanced at the website of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) which provides more information on the effort to boycott Israeli architects:

The full RIBA motion, proposed by RIBA Immediate Past President, Angela Brady, was:

“Since the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) has paid no regard to the UIA resolution 13* of 2005 and 2009, the RIBA calls on the UIA, as the international guardian of professional and ethical standards in our profession, to suspend the membership of the Israeli Association of United Architects, until it acts to resist these illegal projects, and observes international law, and the UIA Accords and Resolution 13.”

So, what does Resolution 13 say:

*UIA’s Resolution 13 (2005 and 2009) states that “The UIA Council condemns development projects and the construction of buildings on land that has been ethnically purified or illegally appropriated, and projects based on regulations that are ethnically or culturally discriminatory, and similarly it condemns all action contravening the fourth Geneva Convention”.

So, leaving aside the fact that RIBA evidently has no problem with the other 74 members of the International Union of Architects – a list which includes Pakistan, China, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Syria – it seems that, per their own language opposing building on lands which has been “ethnically purified”, they should boycott a member “state” known as ‘Palestine.

You see, while  there are no restrictions on the purchase of private land in Israel by Israeli Arabs or by non-citizens (nor any such restrictions on leasing public land to Arabs by the Israeli Land Authority), the Palestinian Authority bans the sale of land to Jews. The Palestinian Land Law, which was originally put in force by Jordan when they occupied the West Bank, carries the death sentence.

Is it even debatable that banning the sale of land based solely on the fact that the potential buyer is Jewish represents a perfect example of “ethnically purifying” the land?

But, of course, the BDS movement has never been concerned with the equal application of moral standards, but, rather, with legitimizing their racist witch-hunt – the targeting of Israeli Jews for delegitimization, demonization and exclusion.  

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  1. Her latest report focuses on efforts – by some ‘sophisticated’ Brits – to isolate the latest international ‘misfortune’:

    Now now, Adam. Let’s maintain a respectful tone.
    😉

    As for article: why do you focus on “ethnically purified” when the association is more likely taking action on the count of land being “illegally appropriated”?

    • Because Pretz, this shows the double standards.
      You may, and I do say may as it is debateable, be correct about the illegality of building in the WB for example, but the question Adam poses is not why Israel is black listed but why others aren’t.

      Do you care to explain, or are you comfortable that the PA doesn’t even try to hide that they seek to prevent Jews that used to reside in Jordan or the WB for milenia from reclaiming back their homes while accepting PA passports?

      Shouldn’t that be a red flag for RIBAs head?

      I would speculate that it is not because RIBA doesn’t really care but go with what’s fashionable these days.

      • The South African regime was also boycotted because of its policies against the African majority. Nothing to do with religion, everything to do with State policies.

        Israel is a state like any other state, so why should it be forbidden to also boycott its government’s policies?

        • The boycott is not directed against the Israeli government, but its citizens. Irrespective of where they stand on the I/P conflict and the peace process.

        • Thank you, Aaron. Now we know, after 10 years of repeating the same nonsense and avoiding the real issues, people aren’t the smarter. They aren’t more peaceful. They aren’t even With It. No, Aaron, people like you are just lost and confused, changing anonymous message board monikers every so often because everybody is really sick of your pissant bullshit. Maybe you’d be interesting if you could juggle or jump through hoops like some canines can, but as it is, you’re just a shit spewer. A vomit motivator. A gag reflex, if you will.

          10 years later, and the answer is You’re Even More of an Idiot.

          • You can try and repeat a million times that the illegal settlements built by the government of Israel in the territory of the state of of palestine are legal. It will not make them legal.

            • You and the Palestinian people can continue to insist that Palestine was a country made of non-Jews stolen by them from as long as 67 years ago, but it’s not going to get a you a state. It might get you sympathy but only from a bunch historical illiterates who, at the very least, border on the bounds of outright racism and classic anti-Semitic bigotry. You can also spend your days on the Interwebz stealing people’s identities and using them to justify your abject idiocy, which is what you have been doing for… what? the past decade? And how has that been going for you and yours?

              While we’re on the subject of Total Losers Who Hate Jews (i.e Your Sorry Ass) let’s have a little reminder of how Israel, the size of New Jersey, is the only country out of more than 200 on this planet whom you consider to hold the rest of the world hostage in your search for peace on Earth. A peace that only comes with the death of another 10 million because, see, you’re such a peace lover, and history buff, and, oh yeah, completely full of bullshit.

              Gee, I wonder why nobody but hate mongers actually listens to the pro-Palestinian camp?

            • Exactly as you can a million times repeat that they are illegal, this won’t make them illegal. But I accept that you have to repeat these slogans – without saying them minimum thousand times a day you wouldn’t remember the words. This is only a question of mental ability desperately lacking in your circles of fake pro-Palestinian activists.

    • Adam refers to double standards. pretz endorses RIBA’s conduct by going on about illegal settlemnts. pretz’s rationale is that as in 1947, the Jewish Agency acceted the UN partition plan, that Israel’s borders were limited to what it had agreed to. That Israel became a declared state and the Arabs went to war and the ceasefire lines were determined under the armistice with Jordan, that Israel’s boundaries were mysteriously extended to the Green Line. Pretz gives no legal authority for his conclusion and nor does he seem to care about the territories when beyond the Green Line, they somehow became Jordan. Pretz’s argument is a blurred argument without any rational legal argument to support it. Pretz is, in my view wrong. He reverts to argue that things are “illegal” because it just is.. Pretz, the West Bank/Judea Samaria /Gaza, under the early agreements reached at San Remo in 1920 define the legal boundaries of Israel. You may not like it, the Arabs certainly don’t like it and some israelis don’t like it, but that’s where we are.Until Abbas(or whoever is the de jure leader, since Abbas has breached the PA constitution by hanging on and on and on without elections) and the Arab League(because more than one country went to war with Israel) sign on the dotted line, that’s where we are. And however many smilies you post don’t change a thing.

    • Maybe because the resolution uses inflammatory language. Adam’s comments are especially appropriate in light of RIBA’s turning a blind eye to Tibet, Kurdistan, Cyprus, etc.

      One can make a case for the Malvinas using their standards.

      • Violations committed in other countries do not grant Israeli settlers the right to build illegal settlements outside Israel, in the territory of the state of Palestine.

        • The state of Palestine does not exist, has never existed, and will not exist until after negotiations are completed, negotiations that subsume concessions from both sides. Jordan illegally annexed the territory and has since relinquished all claims to it. Therefore, the land is disputed.

          Learn to cope with reality or get a hobby.

  2. Adam as someone who worked for many years in the construction industry in the UK I object strongly to you using the word ‘sophisticated’ to describe Architects in the UK.

    RIBA stands for Remember I’m the Bloody Architect.
    Centuries ago if you had a useless idiot in the family they ended up in the Church or the Army, now they become an Architect or a Lawyer.

  3. French university shuts down pro Israel event due to the violent behavior of the “anti-Zionist” crowd. Huge anti-semitic demonstration on the streets of Paris. (not reported in the mainstream EU media). British architects boycott Jews. In Hungary and Holland demonstrators chant about gas. The good old days of Europe are coming back again….Thank you for the EU to encourage the Jews to make aliyah.

      • Well, Fritz, one consequence is that a kippa-wearing Jew leaving a kosher restaurant last Thursday in the 19e arondissement of Paris was attacked by 3 youths of North-African origin and badly beaten up.

  4. ********The full RIBA motion, proposed by RIBA Immediate Past President, Angela Brady, was: “Since the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) has paid no regard to the UIA resolution 13* of 2005 and 2009, the RIBA calls on the UIA, as the international guardian of professional and ethical standards in our profession, to suspend the membership of the Israeli Association of United Architects, until it acts to resist these illegal projects, and observes international law, and the UIA Accords and Resolution 13.”******
    She’s really going full Schicklgruber isn’t she! 🙂