As the massacre in Gaza enters its second week, with the Israeli army doing what it does best - the wholesale slaughter of children and unarmed civilians - I rack my brain to think what I (or you) can do to help stop the killing. We can speak out to our neighbours and friends, we can write to the news media and our elected politicians, we can fly the flag or go on demonstrations. None of this has stopped Israel, which Uri Avnery has called "the blood-stained monster", from its blitzkrieg.
Muslims around the world are saying prayers for the people of Gaza. In the secular West most of us have abandoned prayer as a part of our lives. We no longer say grace before meals, where we give thanks for the food before us. Nevertheless, can I urge you and your family to pause for reflection before your next meal, be grateful for what is in front of you and spare a thought for the 1.5 million Gazans who have been starved into submission by Israel, Egypt and the USA for years and who now face annihilation.