Israeli architect Eyal Weizman on Gaza, writing online for the London Review of Books.
'knock on the roof' or, ‘teaser’ bombs/missiles
fired "onto houses designated for destruction, with the intention of making an
impact serious enough to scare the inhabitants into fleeing their homes
before they are destroyed completely...Teaser bombs are just another means of sending a warning."
"if a warning has been issued, and not heeded, the victim is no longer a ‘non-combatant’ but a voluntary ‘human shield’."
perpetual "surveillance and strike" capacity
"Israel’s real power over Gaza is invisible. It is the ability of the
Israeli air force to maintain a perpetual ‘surveillance and strike’
capability over Gaza – drones can stay in the air around the clock –
that made the territorial withdrawal possible. Together with its control
of the Gazan subsoil – manifested in the robbing of much of the water
from coastal aquifers – and over the airwaves, including the use of
electromagnetic jamming technology, all that is left for the inhabitants
of Gaza is the thin surface of the earth that is sandwiched between
Israeli-controlled zones. No wonder they try to invade the space below
and above them with tunnels and rockets."