UK Embassy cancels move in Tel Aviv, cites settlement concerns

March 4, 2009 14:46

The British Embassy in Israel said it has canceled plans to relocate to new offices because one of the owners is believed to be involved in building Jewish settlements. Spokeswoman Karen Kaufman said the embassy was planning to move to a building in Tel Aviv partly owned by the Africa-Israel real-estate company. Pro-Palestinian activists say a subsidiary of Africa-Israel undertakes construction work in settlements. Kaufman says the embassy asked Africa-Israel for more information, but the company did not satisfy British concerns. The company is owned by Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev and did not return messages seeking comment.

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