"I find this incredible that the RIBA which I thought as being an honorable institution would vote or agitate against Israel"
Paris, 8 April
On 26 March, the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, protested to the President of the International Union of Architects (IUA), regarding the boycott campaign of its British member - the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) - directed against the over 7000 Jewish and Arab members of the Israel Association of United Architects (IAU).
Samuels had then noted that "RIBA had voted for the suspension of the Israeli member from the international body of 1,300.000 architects represented at the IAU Congress, to take place in Durban, in South Africa, in August 2014"
The United States prominent architect, Richard Meier of New York and Los Angeles and a Fellow of RIBA, is the first to support the Wiesenthal Center campaign, through his protest letter of 8 April to Stephen Hodder, President of RIBA.
"We hope that other architects will follow Mr. Meier's example to the profession," commented Samuels.
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