The author argues that in the last decade Britain has become the main leader of an international effort to deny Israel's right to exist in its current form. This campaign is rooted in a network that includes rather strange bedfellows: hard-line Islamists, mainly led by Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters, along with far-left socialists, each having their own splinter groups that cooperate in the struggle against the Jewish state. For many years Britain has been a stronghold of the Brotherhood; its main publications, as well as the main publications of its Palestinian branch, Hamas, have been issued there, instead of in locales such as Cairo or Amman where doing so would be prohibited. Far-left movements have also been active in Britain for many years. By taking advantage of Britain's political freedoms and legal system, which allows designated "war criminals" to be brought to justice there, by working through both the country's civil-society system and politics, these groups have been able to mobilize an anti-Israeli campaign in the country. Furthermore, by joining forces against the War on Terror proclaimed by President Bush after the 9/11 events, and against the British participation in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, they have succeeded to elevate and "mainstream" their efforts.
This article will first consider the background of both the Islamic and leftist camps, then map the main organizations active in the delegitimization efforts, and finally focus on those who help "mainstream" these efforts.