"This is a very odd situation. In November 2010, an Israeli organisation called the 'Reut Institute' produced a study entitled 'Building a Political Firewall against the Assault on Israel's Legitimacy: London as a Case Study.'
One can immediately see how different the U.K. is from the U.S. Ã¢â¬" nobody would take New York or Washington DC as a 'case study' of a supposed 'assault on Israel's legitimacy.'
(See www.reut-institute.org .)
The Reut Institute study is premised on the belief in some kind of co-ordinated assault on Israel's 'right to exist'. As its authors put it:
'This assault is executed by two forces acting in parallel and with cooperation. The first is the Resistance Network, led by Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah, that rejects Israel's right to exist based on Arab and Islamist nationalist-religious ideology. The second is the Delegitimization Network, which is primarily concentrated in a few major cities such as London, Brussels, and the San Francisco Bay Area, and denies Israel's right of existence based on political, philosophical, or historical arguments.'
Very visibly, the fear is that, as it were, the rot might spread Ã¢â¬" that if it cannot be contained in London, it might eventually, in the United States, spread beyond the 'San Francisco Bay Area', and eventually contaminate all kinds of other places Ã¢â¬" perhaps, who knows, Washington DC.
The study then goes on to devote a great deal of attention to an organisation called the 'Palestine Solidarity Campaign.'
This is completely delusional. Left to itself, the PSC might do a slightly better job of 'delegitimising' Israel than Hamas could do of fighting the IDF in a pitched battle Ã¢â¬" but not much better.
In any case, the whole intellectual framework implied in the term 'delegitimisation' is jerry-built.
People in London do not, in general, go on around worrying about metaphysical questions such as that of whether Israel has a 'right to exist'.
What is actually the case is that a very marked rise in anti-Muslim feeling has developed together with a growing revulsion from the Israelis.
Part of this is a moral revulsion. But also involved are 1. a realisation that the whole notion that they were seriously interested in a two-state solution was a simply wrong -- they were playing us for suckers, 2. the blunt fact that Israel's fellow-travellers in the United States have involved us in catastrophic wars, and intend to go on trying to repeat the performance, given half the chance (recently wrt Ukraine) and 3. its having dawned on people that, in the end, the Israeli Zionists regard all 'goyim' as essentially identical, and think that gentiles in Britain, like those in Germany, harbour a deep underlying compulsion to murder Jews."