Burning Israeli flag at 'Occupy Tehran' 311 (R).
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LONDON- The Tel Aviv think tank behind last year's seminal report
identifying London as the "Mecca of de-legitimization" has published a
report showing that in 2011, efforts to contain attacks on Israel's
legitimacy were successful.
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The Reut Institute's report, titled
"2011: The Year We Punched Back on the Assault on Israel's Legitimacy,"
suggests that this past year, Israel and its allies were triumphant in
their response to anti-Israel measures.
report points to key moments during the course of the year to back up
their assessment the "resounding failure" of the "mega propaganda
events" strategy, as exemplified by last year's Gaza flotilla incident;
the failure of July's "Flytilla" campaign; the British government's
decision to amend the universal jurisdiction law; the neutralization of
anti-Israel events such as the third Durban Conference; and progress in
stifling the anti-Israel boycotts.
"Obviously, the assault on
Israel was not stopped everywhere," said Eran Shayshon, Reut's director
of national security and global affairs. "However, this confluence of
achievements is anything but coincidental. This year we saw a
coordinated global effort to combat de-legitimization that emerged on
every front, from international forums to university campuses."
report shows that in the last two years, Israel and its supporters
across the globe have regrouped, reassessed the phenomena of
de-legitimization and dedicated resources to fight it. As a result, an
"anti-de-legitimization network" has emerged.
The 2010 Reut report was widely welcomed by Jewish communities around
the world. Last month, Manchester's Jewish community organized one of
the largest advocacy conferences ever held in the UK. The Big Tent for
Israel conference was conceived by a local rabbi, Jonathan Guttentag,
who was inspired by Reut's 2010 study.
In its 2010 report, Reut said that through a coordinated and ideological
campaign, Israel is subject to a "global systemic and systematic
assault" on its political and economic model that aims to "precipitate
its implosion," and this assault is an attack on Israel's legitimacy and
right to exist.
However, Reut said it is currently working on a report for projected
release at the end of this year which illustrates how emerging trends
are likely to change the shape and form of this assault in 2012.