The tactic of warning residents of Gaza to evacuate areas before Israeli military tactics is often cited as an example of the humanitarian concern displayed by the IDF. It was part of the justification and defence used by Netanyahu in interviews of the weekend aimed at western audiences.
As many have noted, there is nowhere for the civilian population to go that is safe when the areas to which they are fleeing are also under bombardment. In such a densely populated area, such warnings are at the most useless. But it is more than that. It is a tactic that was used in 1948 to force Palestinians from their villages accompanied by massacres such as Deir Yassin by the Stern and Irgun terror groups to provide a warning of what would happen if they did not leave. The difference now is that Gaza is an open air prison. The population have nowhere to go except to another part of Gaza that will be under attack and the terror is even more profound given the weapons available to the Israeli military.
The warnings to evacuate are not evidence of ethical concern for civilians. It is a longstanding tactic used by the Israeli military to terrorise the Palestinian population. Ominously yesterday, Moshe Feiglin, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party and deputy speaker in the Knesset, called for the expulsion of all Palestinians from Gaza and its incorporation into Israel. The current tactics of wanton killing of the civilian population is a continuation of the terror tactics used by Irgun and the Stern gang in 1948 to expel Palestinians and steal their land.