Rod Kersh
Person-centred physician


Summer field by the Banias. Photo by Rod Kersh
Summer field by the Banias. Photo by Rod Kersh

I have just signed the petition against the recent Nikon photo of the year.

It displays the corpse of Shani Louk shortly after she was murdered on October 7th.

Shani’s body was then driven through Gaza on the back of the same truck.

She remains in death, a captive.

Recently I listened to the interview with Yehuda Kurtzer and Ron Hassner, the Berkeley professor who staged a sit-in against the university’s refusal to challenge the rise of antisemitism on campus. (The university has now accepted his requests).

In the discussion Ron states his preference that the antisemitic graffiti that is commonly displayed around the campus is not removed or covered-up. He believes it should remain as a demonstration to others, now and in the future of the reality of student life in 2024 America.

I am not sure how universities in the UK behave, whether they get-out the paint stripper or choose to ignore what has been written.

You could argue that the photograph should be placed on the cover of every newspaper to demonstrate the reality of what happened on October 7th, however, to me that feels a desecration.

There is a split between those who ‘show-off’ the bodies of their dead and those who hide the images of the terrorists and missile-launchers.

The images from Israel of the 10/7 victims are pixilated. This a reflection of the Israeli values, dignity in death (and, more appositely, life).

Over recent years in media, particularly in movies on TV or on the news, trigger warnings have become a norm – ‘this video depicts images of…’ – offering the faint of heart the opportunity to turn-away or switch off.

I never really understood the utility of these alerts – surely for most people, it is the not knowing that is the true horror – whatever we create in our imagination is surely worse than any reality. And then, there is the essential human curiosity, ‘What can be so awful that a warning is required, I had better look.’

Triggering comes in many forms, either something that precipitates a flashback or even for some with epilepsy, a seizure. It arrives with enough time for the person to switch-off and move on to other things.

For me, a Jew living in the UK every news item has become a trigger.

I am faced with the options of either not accessing any media or defaulting to only that on the Right which is against everything I have ever believed.

The term for this, much loved by my dad was ‘stuck between a rock and a hard place,’ meaning, there isn’t much we can do, stick, or budge, you lose.

I am just now reading Dan Harris’ book Ten Percent Happier. Although I have not reached the reveal, my suspicion is that his answer is to read the facts then switch off the thoughts. Move into mindfulness.

This, I struggle to achieve.

Does anyone have an answer?

About the Author
Dr Rod Kersh is a Consultant Physician working in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. He blogs at
Related Topics
Related Posts