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Ambassador attacks bias

Last updated: 2008-06-10

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Israel's ambassador to London came out against what he described as widespread British bias against the Jewish state.

"Britain has become a hotbed for radical anti-Israeli views and a haven for disingenuous calls for a one-state solution, a euphemistic name for a movement advocating Israel's destruction." Ron Prosor wrote in a Daily Telegraph opinion piece Tuesday.

"Israel faces an intensified campaign of delegitimization, demonization and double standards," he added, noting that British traditions of fair-mindedness apparently no longer apply when it comes to Zionism.

Prosor, who took office in November pledging to promote Israel and confront pro-Palestinian apologists, aimed special criticism at British academics who want their Israeli counterparts boycotted, and at British media coverage of the Middle East.

The article was published as British Foreign Secretary David Milliband wrapped up a visit to Israel.

(c) JTA