March 24, 2014

Bar Mitzvahs and Boycotts

First the good news: the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has voted to call on the International Union of Architects (UIA) to suspend the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA).  Here's the resolution:
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, the UIA Accords and Resolution 13.
The Jewish Chronicle's report on the motion was surprisingly factual but the editorial is lunacy itself:
Be in no doubt. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is now officially antisemitic. On Wednesday, it voted to support a ban on Jews from joining the International Union of Architects. It didn’t put it quite like that, of course. The wording of its motion referred to ‘Israelis’ rather than ‘Jews’. But in singling out the Jewish state for opprobrium, over and above every other nation on earth, and in seeking to ban Jews — sorry, Israelis — from membership, the driving force behind both the BDS campaign and its RIBA conspirators is clear. Jew hatred lives on in RIBA.
Actually the motion doesn't refer to "Israelis" but to "the Israeli Association of United Architects" and for reasons it makes clear.

Now it's no surprise to see false allegations of "Jew hatred" in the JC but when I looked for RIBA in the JC's search bar look what I found:
JFS student celebrates his barmitzvah with an art exhibit

By Zoe Winograd, January 11, 2013

Some barmitzvah boys ask for Beyoncé. But JFS pupil Ethan Djanogly is marking his barmitzvah next month with an art show — at the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Ethan is a passionate photographer and his parents have helped him stage his first exhibition, with 25 of his pictures going on show at RIBA in central London. His barmitzvah reception will be held at RIBA, too.
Some Jew haters they turned out to be.  I gather RIBA is still open for bar and bat mitzvahs, it just won't be collaborating with war criminals in future.  Apparently some, probably most, people at the JC can't tell the difference.

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