I leave the region with all the usual feelings, heavy feelings, the same ones people much brighter and more eloquent than me have described through the years. I just have one small, unfurling seed of optimism; knowing that if water could be disentangled from the war, it presents a genuine opportunity for co-operation and relationship building between neighbours. In all the gloom there is a glimmer of hope and it's right there, in the water.
Today, some powers and principalities are trying to lure the MENA genie back into its bottle - with brutal force, lavish financial inducements or political shenanigans. But this genie is cunning: it has tasted freedom outside the bottle and sees its own world with different lenses. Its instincts cannot easily be tamed back into the bottle!
Every individual in the world has a right to live in peace and in order to ensure we must speak up on injustices and give a voice to those underrepresented communities in order to eradicate the bad and promote ways to facilitate a better future. I pray for little Ali Dawabsheh and his family and hope that this tragedy brings reforms so that one day they can lead a stable and prosperous life.
Whilst Susiya might not seem like much, take a short history lesson in Susiya's struggle, and you'll understand why it is so important to its residents, why it has become the poster child for Israeli oppression, and why it is a test case for whether activists can change the policy of conservative Israel.
Now that he finds himself without a day job, maybe it is time for Galloway to focus his energies on what he does best. Maybe he will do a greater service to society as an activist and speaker fighting for the causes he believes in rather than a salaried MP who doesn't seem to create enough of an impact to get re-elected.