Tutu: Suspend Israeli architects

Johannesburg - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called on Thursday for the suspension of the Israeli Architects' Association from an international architectural body.

"I believe it would be appropriate for the UIA [International Union of Architects] to send a clear message of support for justice in Palestine and Israel by suspending the Israeli Architects' Association from the world body," Tutu said in a speech prepared for delivery at the UIA's 25th world congress in Durban.

Tutu appealed to architects from Israel to disassociate themselves and their profession from the design and construction of any infrastructure that could be related to injustice.

That included the separation wall in the West Bank, security terminals and checkpoints, and the Israeli settlements built on Palestinian land.

"I implore you to take this message home: Please turn the tide against violence and hatred by joining the non-violent movement for justice for all people of the region," he said.

Tutu told delegates that politicians had over the years tried to find a workable solution for the two nations to live in peace but they had not succeeded.

He said it was time for civil society to step into the void and persuade the people and leaders of Israel that it was in humanity's best interests to enter into dialogue.

Motofogo Mulilo 2014-08-07 08:50:54 PM
Lol. Simple solutions to complicated problems. Sir its time to smell the roses.
Akhenaten 2014-08-07 08:51:23 PM
Tutu, I always saw you as an intelligent person who knows right from wrong, but I'm afraid you've lost it. Sorry.
Erna Westdyk 2014-08-07 08:57:35 PM
Poor architects - what do they have to do with what is happening in Gaza?
Thabani Mpulo 2014-08-07 08:59:14 PM
Tutu is very old. ....he doesn't understand the dynamics of this battle. ...
Teko Mohaeka 2014-08-07 08:59:42 PM
Now the old man has old age hallucinations.Euthanasia is awaiting you at Groote Shuur
Enig Ma 2014-08-07 09:02:22 PM
Oh no Arch, you are my hero, but you are a social scientist. You will not be invited to speak at any IFAC function, I will make sure of that. Architects building the separation wall......eish!
Pamela Mika 2014-08-07 09:04:35 PM
Seriously, who died and made Tutu the president of morality.. Mxm old man should just shut up already!!
All Nasir 2014-08-07 09:05:00 PM
Well done, I wish your conscientious remark also wake up the South African society, that is visibly drifting away from the ideal on which it based it's foundation. A severe apathy by the public on Palestinian issue is deplorable from nation like SA.
Stephanes Heunis 2014-08-07 09:07:34 PM
o dear, love thy neighbours like you love yourself. preaching the gospel but spread hatred. Amen
All Nasir 2014-08-07 09:07:35 PM
True reflection of real South African, a wake up call. Thank you