British Architects Rescind Israel Suspension

Policy to suspend Israeli counterparts 'not in furtherance of charitable objects of Royal Institute of British Architects,' association says.

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A BDS demonstration in Melbourne, Australia, 2010.
A BDS demonstration in Melbourne, Australia, 2010.Credit: Mohammed Ouda/Wikimedia Commons
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The leading association for British architects has rescinded a previous policy to suspend its Israeli counterparts from an international architects group.

On Thursday, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) concluded that a motion to suspend the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) from the International Union of Architects (UIA) was “not in furtherance of the charitable objects of the RIBA” and “should not have been placed before RIBA Council.”

In March, RIBA approved a motion calling on the UIA to suspend the Israeli Association of United Architects from membership until they refused to accept projects in the West Bank.

In a news statement new RIBA President Stephen Hodder said that seeking this suspension “wrong” and that ” it is a widely held view that the resolution passed in March . . . did not make a constructive contribution to the current situation.”

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