Brit architects have destroyed more Brit communities than the Nazis and IRA put together, so it’s a tad hypocritical of them to claim the Israelis are perpetrating the same horrors on the Palestinians. It’s also quite untrue.
Dozens of British architects signed a petition which charges Israel with oppressing the Palestinian people and accuses their Israeli counterparts of being complicit in “unjust action” against the Palestinians…
Referring to the construction of Israeli communities in places where there were previously Palestinian villages, the group writes: “Israeli architects and planners, knowingly or not, have become a part of this situation. Israeli settlements built after the 1967 War, considered illegal under international law, could not have been realized without their help.”
Actually, if occupying territory by conquest really were illegal, then (for example) present-day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Russia, Poland and China would all be in the slammer.
But more to the point, take a look at what architects have done to Britain.
Whole neighborhoods of single family housing destroyed and replaced with high-rise horrors that blight the landscape and brutalize their inhabitants! Look at England’s old market towns, their hearts ripped out! Look at the dreadful commercial buildings in the City of London, none of them a patch on the average Minneapolis office block!
Compared with their Brit counterparts, Israeli architects are saints. By building settlements in the West Bank, they stop it descending to the cesspit Gaza has become after the Israeli withdrawal.
And Israel itself is crammed with Palestinian villages, which continue to grow while retaining their traditional (and very elegant) architecture.
So Palestinians can thank the State of Israel, including its architects, for their prosperity, safety and high quality built environment.
And they should reflect that if Brit architects had been in charge in 1967, old Jerusalem – Al-Aqsa mosque and all – would be gone, and a mega-mall would pollute its ancient hills.