Elsewhere, there have been loud protests and even resignations by no less than 27 Labour councillors. One of these, Shaista Aziz, represented Labour in Oxford city council. She wrote in The Guardian on 24 October that she was horrified by the LBC interview, which she said had endorsed collective punishment of Palestinians. Later clarifications she characterised as an attempt to 'gaslight British Muslims.'
From a selfish, electoral point of view, the timing of the events in the Holy Land could hardly have been more dangerous for Labour. Riding high in the polls, and collecting ever more improbable byelection victories, the last thing a government-in-waiting would have asked for was a return to the charge of antisemitism that bedevilled the party's fortunes under Jeremy Corbyn.
The right-wing press in Britain is constantly on the alert for such perceived backsliding. So, the approach has been classic Sir Keir Starmer: at all costs, avoid frightening the horses— shire horses with a record of voting Conservative, to be precise.
Thus far, over a quarter of Labour MPs have either said they want a ceasefire or signed a Commons motion calling for one, and discontent is likely to grow. On a recent visit to parliament, Palestine's ambassador, Husam Zomlot, received an ovation from the MPs present.
Other parties have not been so chary as the Labour leadership in their response.
The Scottish National Party, for example, which has no reason to fear the English press, has been unequivocal in its calls for a ceasefire. Its leader, Humza Yousaf, is a Muslim with relatives trapped in Gaza.
His mother-in-law, Elizabeth El-Nakla, made a tearful appeal for compassion from the midst of a warzone:
"This will be my last video. Everybody in Gaza is moving towards where we are. One million people have no food, no water, and still they're bombing them as they leave. Where are you going to put them? But my thought is, all these people in the hospital cannot be evacuated. Where's humanity? Where are people's hearts in the world, to let this happen in this day and age? May God help us."
Britain has seen demonstrations on the streets in support of Palestine, though the propriety of waving flags or even shouting the word 'jihad' has been a matter for fierce debate. In the latter case, the Metropolitan Police pointed out that the word had 'numerous meanings' and refrained from arresting people who shouted it.
The Home Secretary, meanwhile, has wondered out loud whether displaying Palestinian flags should be considered a criminal offence.
These qualms have not been so evident over in Ireland. On 22 October, the Irish Times reported that protesters marched through Dublin chanting, "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free" and "Israeli ambassador: out, out, out!"
The event was organised by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign group, with representatives from People Before Profit, Sinn Féin and the Social Democrats present. Matt Carthy spoke for Sinn Féin and many of those protesting when he said it shouldn't be controversial to condemn a war crime "regardless of who it is that is carrying it out."
Earlier, speaking at the Green Party's national convention, their leader, Eamon Ryan, devoted the opening passages of his keynote address to the attack on Israel and the Israelis' response. Ryan began by condemning Hamas.
However, he also called for an immediate ceasefire:"We can deplore what Hamas did while at the same time understanding that there will never be peace unless the rights of the Palestinian people are also delivered upon."
"We were one of the first governments to call on the Israeli armed forces not to target civilians in Gaza as they hit back at Hamas. Such thinking comes from the lessons we have learned from our own troubles. The bombing of civilians is never justified and is never going to work."