British academics have just voted to boycott Israeli universities and have yet again prevented freedom of speech on this subject.
Given the depths to which British universities have been gradually sinking over the last fifteen years or so, leading to self-censorship, fear, cowardice, malice and appeasement of violence against Jewish staff and students, this was probably inevitable.
On the other hand, what Israelis do not understand is that rational argument does not work in Britain. Britain is anti-intellectual and not really interested in ideas or fact-finding. It is interested only in confirmation of its own prejudices.
Britain is a very mixed-up society which does not know its place in the world any more and therefore is resentful of success, wherever it appears.
For example, the secondary education system is now such that up to half of all school pupils have some sort of private tutoring at home.
Add to that the fact that Britain is a haven for Islamicists and haters of the west, and that their ideas have percolated into the university system with a vengeance, and you really have a recipe for social and national suicide.
People have tended to remain silent, fearful of losing their jobs. Those very few who have spoken out have not always been supported by the Jewish communities there.
With notable exceptions, Anglo-Jewry seems to prefer a quiet life and does not like 'rocking the boat'. Well, it's a bit late for that. For, as Melanie Phillips said in the context of the Anglican Church decision to vote in favour of divestment from Israel, 'the boat has [already] well and truly sunk'.
It's definitely Animal Farm time in Britain today.