Israeli military lawyers argue that if residents are warned, and do not evacuate, then they can be considered legitimate collateral damage. Under this interpretation of the law, the civilian victims become human shields. This is a gross misuse of international law. — AlJazeera
Israeli architect Eyal Weizman who teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he runs the Forensic Architecture project pens an account of misinformation IDF uses on so called "warnings" and fabricating the "human shield" factor further criminalizing Hamas. The article illustrates how the IDF lawyers legitimizing Israeli Army's ruthless destruction of civilians indiscriminately and coins the term "lawfare".
In this research based article the misinformation and terminologies circulating the western media are debunked.
Mr. Weizman and his team of researchers reconstruct a 3d model of destroyed Salha family home in Gaza based on the interviews of the surviving members of the family and other evidence.
"Our work was an attempt to reconstruct what happened between the warning shot and the lethal shot. The architectural model provided an aid for the recollection of events obscured by time and trauma. It was evidence intended to counter the Israeli Army's version of the event and the legitimacy of its "lawfare".
In fact, Israel has been using warning tactics for many years. They started as phoned-through messages, informing people that they had minutes to collect their belongings and vacate the building before it was bombed. Finding that they couldn't always get through, however, the Israeli Army began to use so called "roof knock" strikes. These involve the firing of a low- or non-explosive missile - usually from a drone - at the roof of a building that is to be destroyed. A bomb that devastates the building follows the missile a short time later."
Some selected previous coverage from Archinect's hundreds of news items on the oppression and its political, humanitarian, urbanism and architectural implications going as far as 2004 and searched under Israel and Palestine:
1 Thousands of Palestinians Flee Northern Gaza as Israel Continues its Bombardment
2 East Jerusalem Light Rail Attacked
3 Infographic: Palestinian homes demolished
4 Lawfare in Gaza: legislative attack
5 Origins of Conflict
6 Court to Rule on Tolerance Museum
7 The Distance from Guernica to Lebanon
8 Against the Wall
9 Architectural Demolition in the Age of Cultural Cleansing
10 (Re)Zoning The West Bank?
11 Architecture event: One Land, Two Systems - Beyond the division lines in Israeli spatial planning
12 politicians and military men
13 Apparatus of Capture - Architecture in Israel-Palestine, 60 Years On
14 Seeing Palestine Through the Architecture Of Domination
15 The Bilked Environment Part II
16 Eyal Weizman on legacy of Ariel 'the bulldozer' Sharon