Today the Reut Institute published a document focusing on London as a hub of delegitimization which suggests operational principles to catalyze a systematic approach in the city and in other global hubs. This document is the first attempt by the Reut Institute to suggest an operational framework to local pro-Israeli forces to meet the challenge of the assault on Israel’s right to exist.
Residents of London have played a key role in all major recent delegitimization campaigns, including the Durban conferences, the Gaza Flotilla, and the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) Movement. Moreover, several attributes contribute to London’s influence on global delegitimization campaigns.
The Reut Institute contends that meeting the challenge of Israel’s delegitimization requires a loosely coordinated and orchestrated response, sometimes even taking a personal or behind-the-scenes form.
Therefore, all parties will have to leave their comfort zones:
- Israel will have to let Jewish communities lead the counter-attack in places, such as London, that require nuance and cultural sensitivity;
- Jewish institutions meanwhile will have to allow for innovative thinking, new tools, and aggressive experimentation that usually takes place outside of the established community.
All parties will have to come to terms with the idea that it takes ‘all instruments in the orchestra’ to win this fight.
Importantly, because they represent liberal values, critics from the political left are an invaluable voice in delegitimizing Israel’s delegitimization, notwithstanding their common criticism of the Jewish community’s traditional institutions and the policies of the State of Israel.
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