HOW DOES THIS RESOLVE THE RIBA ISSUE?
I just want to make sure I have the facts right. A group of activists manipulates the council of one of the most prestigious professional organisations in the country, having a Royal Charter and 28,000 members, and it passes a motion demonising Israel and calling on the International Union of Architects to suspend Israeli architects.
The International Union finds a way to avoid considering the motion at their August conference (apparently the motion was not filed early enough!). The Israeli Association is “satisfied with the outcome” (meaning the suspension has been avoided for the time being and they have already given up on European antisemitism)) and to top it all Stephen Games, in a statement on behalf of architects who opposed the motion, thanks the president of the RIBA for resolving the issue...?
Just to be clear, by resolving the issue he does not mean that the motion has been overturned or rescinded, or that someone has resigned, or that an apology has been forthcoming. No, he is referring to the fact that the president of the RIBA (which has so far lost £100,000 in cancelled bookings for barmitzvahs, weddings etc at Portland Place) has instructed a colleague to head up an “international review body” and has declared that this “brings the matter to a close”. Really? Derek Lewis Britton Street, London, EC1M 5NW