UK's Tel Aviv embassy decides against move to new offices owned by Africa-Israel (part of Lev Leviev) due to firm's role in West Bank settlement construction

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4 March 2009

U.K. embassy nixes move to offices of company behind West Bank construction

Author: Barak Ravid, Haaretz [Israel]

The British embassy in Tel Aviv has stopped negotiations to lease a floor in Africa-Israel's Kirya Tower because of the company's role in West Bank settlement construction. Africa-Israel is owned by Lev Leviev...After the planned move was publicized...about a year ago, British pro-Palestinian groups began protesting. The press ran several pieces detailing the activities of Africa-Israel and its subsidiary Danya Cebus, and its role in three West Bank construction projects...The embassy in Tel Aviv confirmed the details of the story and explained that its decision stemmed from the fact that Africa-Israel's response regarding its involvement in settlement activity failed to assuage Britain's concerns.

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