From the sublime to the ridiculous. The last blog I wrote was in praise of journalism:
This blog is in criticism of British academics:
Nothing angers Israelis about Britain more than the stupid and ridiculous attempt to boycott Israeli universities - hotbeds of left-wing debate where Arabs and Jews mingle and work together in a way that should be the envy of British universities.
This boycott attempt is not only 'stupid', but surely an example of that anti-Zionist form of antisemitism discussed at the recent FCO-sponsored conference hosted in London:
Meanwhile, this article by Giles Fraser in the Church Times might provide a partial explanation:
But his explanation that the left is pro-secular and therefore against the Jewish state cannot be the whole reason. Many academics at Israeli universities are both 'secular' and 'left-wing' as are much of the Israeli population itself. This hasn't done anything to prevent the attempted boycott of the country.
More than that, many on the secular left in Britain appear to make common cause with Islamicists on the one hand, and eastern religions such as Buddhism on the other hand.
No, the answer is that there is something about professing Jews themselves that sticks in the gullet of many. Maybe it is, after all, 'the longest hatred':