The furore over the BBC's refusal to broadcast the Disaster Emergency Committee's appeal for Gaza is a good indication of the current state of public sympathies.
But maybe the criticism is misdirected.
Under international law, Israel is responsible for Gaza. Israel is in charge. Israel turned Gaza into the world's biggest prison. Israel has wrought death and destruction, placing huge demands upon hospitals, destroying thousands of buildings, and leaving many families destitute.
It is not taxpayers in Britain, Europe or elsewhere who should be paying to meet the needs of Palestinians in Gaza, but taxpayers in Israel.
Douglas Alexander, the international development secretary has attacked the BBC's decision. I agree with his words, but as a government minister his real target should be his friend Gordon Brown.
Even while donations are made to meet immediate needs it's important to remember that Palestinians don't want charity or handouts, but a change in policy.