The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

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

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