"The IAUA and RIBA have been at loggerheads following RIBA Council’s decision in March to support ex-RIBA president Angela Brady’s call for the suspension of Israel from the UIA in protest at architects who accept commissions in the Occupied Territories.
Earlier this month [May] Hodder met with Yitzhak Lipovetsky-Lir, former president of the IAUA and its international ambassador, at Portland Place in an effort to smooth over relations between the two bodies.
After the meeting, which was also attended by RIBA international vice president Peter Oborn, Lipovetsky-Lir said: ‘He [Hodder] and vice president Oborn said they are not supporting the motion; absolutely.’
‘I felt they were caught by surprise by the way the council voted,’ he added.
The latest disclosure follows claims made by Lipovetsky-Lir, prior to his recent head-to-head with Hodder, in which he told the AJ that the UIA had already decided to ignore the RIBA motion ....
Referring to the recent meeting with Hodder, Lipovetsky said that the RIBA president had revealed the institute’s council would be holding a meeting on the 19 June and that the issue ‘would be on the agenda’...."That the motion was based on unsound principles (or perhaps I should say "constructed on shaky foundations") has been argued ably by CiF Watch here
However, it's reported here today that Mr Hodder has said that the RIBA Council meeting to be held this month
'will not overturn the motion passed earlier this year which called for Israel to be suspended from the International Architects Union (UIA).
The next meeting will be on June 19 by which the response from the UIA is expected to have been formally made.
Hodder has put the topic on the meeting’s agenda but said this had only been done because “people will want to talk about it and we’re expecting the UIA response to come in”.
And he added: “The motion can’t be overturned. There was a motion, it was passed, it’s been actioned. To me, that’s the end of the matter. It becomes RIBA policy.” ....
Hodder added: “We can’t reverse the motion, whatever the Jewish Chronicle [see here] says.”....'Abe Hayeem, an anti-Israel Jewish activist of Iraqi background who is a RIBA Council member and who worked with Angela Brady on the motion (he is the subject of this post on the Point of No Return blog), is quoted as saying:
“RIBA very clearly took this democratic decision at committee – a fair and equitable debate.
How is it going to be overturned it? It’s nonsense. Once a democratic decision is taken, that stands. It’s like a general election; not everyone is in favour of the result but you can’t have a petition saying ‘we don’t agree, let’s do it again’.