That’s it from us for another week dear reader. While this is an area in which there are heightened sensitivities at the moment for obvious reasons, it feels cowardly in all good conscience to avoid saying something here on AUK given this is a cause I have devoted so many years to – in my other life I have published on it – and this is more than just a political stand, we’re talking about possible genocide which we are in the process of facilitating so to not speak out feels complicit. What’s happening in Israel-Palestine at the moment is beyond words, and we are not well served at all here in the UK by our mainstream media and politicians’ trite angsty soundbites, soundbites which are coming in one instance from a human rights lawyer who appears to have forgotten what international human rights are. Context is everything as Grace Blakely pointed out to Piers Morgan earlier in the week, and as James Schneider noted yesterday, “It is easy to condemn Hamas atrocities that we have no role in. But it seems hard to condemn Israeli war crimes precisely because our political and media class supports them.” The difficult thing is opposing British complicity in Israel turning Gaza into rubble. Hamas’s barbaric attacks on Israeli citizens do not mean that those who retaliate are entitled to act in the same way to civilians on the other side. We pray for peace for the sake of both sides, and salute the heroic Israelis who are sticking their head above the parapet at the moment in Haaretz among other places to call for peace rather than a cycle of violent revenge. We leave you this week with a song from 21 years ago, Steve Earle’s ‘Jerusalem’ – with a message that resonates now more than ever. Take care.