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Welsh speaker to boycott Israeli envoy

The Muslim speaker of the Welsh Assembly says he will boycott a meeting with Israel’s ambassador to Britain.

Dafydd Elis-Thomas cited Israel’s “failure to meet its international obligations to the Palestinian people” as his reason.

A fellow Muslim Assembly member invited Elis-Thomas, a former lawmaker in Britain’s Parliament and a member of the upper House of Lords, to take part in a meeting with Ambassador Ron Prosor later this month in Cardiff.

The Israeli embassy said Prosor was determined to go ahead with the visit as planned despite the boycott calls.

Prosor, noting that he had been invited to take part in an open discussion at the parliament, stressed that “the voices calling for a boycott of such discussion are missing an opportunity to encourage mutual understanding and are clearly acting in a non-constructive way.”

Earlier this week Prosor wrote in The Daily Telegraph that Britain has become a “hotbed for radical anti-Israeli views” in recent years, particularly at universities.

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