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March 7, 2006
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A British architect involved in a large-scale New York project is under fire for ties to a group that has called for a boycott of Israel. In an effort to save his job, Lord Richard Rogers, who is overseeing the Jacob Javits Center redesign project, has cut ties with Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine, a group of architects that has compared firms building in the West Bank to companies that worked in South Africa during apartheid. At least two prominent New York politicians have demanded that Rogers be dropped, and late last week the chairman of the state body overseeing the project called Rogers to New York to address the matter. On Monday, Rogers issued a statement ending any association with Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine, supporting Israel’s West Bank security fence and calling on Hamas to recognize Israel.

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