In an unusual move, Israel's ambassador to France criticized in harsh terms a French-German television channel's nixing of a documentary on anti-Semitism.

The decision, announced last week by the state-funded Arte channel citing the film's alleged focus on Muslim countries, is "an obfuscation of information and an encroachment on the public's right to information," Ambassador Aliza Bin-Noun wrote in an open letter addressed to Véronique Cayla, the president of Arte's France division. The letter was published Wednesday by the Actualite Juive weekly.

Israel's Foreign Ministry rarely comments publicly on content in the media of friendly countries that does not involve Israel directly.

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