The campaign for an academic boycott of Israel is symptomatic of a wider campaign by the extreme Left to delegitimize the State of Israel. Although the extreme Left is a marginal political force in the UK, the boycott campaign gained significant purchase in the much larger moderate Left by blurring its ideological foundations. While the moderate Left is also hostile to Israel, it is possible to counter the boycott campaign successfully by framing Israel's case in broadly liberal terms that appeal to the moderate Blairite Left and center-Right, while exposing the ideological gulf between moderates and the extreme Left.
Jonathan Rynhold, 'The Meaning of the UK Campaign For An Academic Boycott Of Israel' Middle East Review of International Affairs, Vol. 14, No. 2 (June 2010)