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The Truth About Israel’s ‘Warning Calls’

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Proponents of the Israeli Defense Forces bombing campaigns against the people of Gaza often laud the military, saying that they “give warning calls and text” to the Gazans who they are bombing.

If this is true, however, the implication seems to be that those civilians who die in Gaza only died because they refused to leave, and wanted to die. This is far from the case.

In the following poem, Gazan poet Lena Khalaf Tuffaha describes what she calls IDF “Running Orders”.

They call us now.
Before they drop the bombs.
The phone rings
and someone who knows my first name
calls and says in perfect Arabic
“This is David.”
And in my stupor of sonic booms and glass shattering symphonies
still smashing around in my head
I think “Do I know any Davids in Gaza?”
They call us now to say
You have 58 seconds from the end of this message.
Your house is next.
They think of it as some kind of war time courtesy.
It doesn’t matter that
there is nowhere to run to.
It means nothing that the borders are closed
and your papers are worthless
and mark you only for a life sentence
in this prison by the sea
and the alleyways are narrow
and there are more human lives
packed one against the other
more than any other place on earth
Just run.
We aren’t trying to kill you.
It doesn’t matter that
you can’t call us back to tell us
the people we claim to want aren’t in your house
that there’s no one here
except you and your children
who were cheering for Argentina
sharing the last loaf of bread for this week
counting candles left in case the power goes out.
It doesn’t matter that you have children.
You live in the wrong place
and now is your chance to run
to nowhere.
It doesn’t matter
that 58 seconds isn’t long enough
to find your wedding album
or your son’s favorite blanket
or your daughter’s almost completed college application
or your shoes
or to gather everyone in the house.
It doesn’t matter what you had planned.
It doesn’t matter who you are
Prove you’re human.
Prove you stand on two legs.

If you think the mainstream, corporate media is not looking critically at the real nature of these “Running Orders”, and is instead giving the IDF a free pass to kill civilians, then share this with someone who cares.

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