Pants-of-dog wrote:The IDF openly told Gazans that they must flee northern Gaza or be killed in the subsequent bombing.
The IDF bombed southern Gaza.
The Israeli government is not allowing refugees to return home.
Israeli policy papers and officials have explicitly expressed support for the idea of ethnically cleansing Gaza.
Nome of these facts are in dispute.
And yet they are still in Gaza, which is where they're supposedly being expelled from.
You have yet to prove they have been kicked out of Gaza. That's what ethnically cleansing Gaza means.
It is not unreasonable to evacuate civilians from combat zones as combat extends within Gaza, given Hamas' willingness to operate from civilian areas. As the war progresses, we're seeing more and more evidence of their use of civilian infrastructure for combat operations and also of Hamas' refusal to wear uniforms and distinguish itself from the civilian population.
500,000 Israelis were evacuated from the Gaza border envelope within Israel precisely because of how dangerous it has been for civilians since October 7 - even now, one can't rule out Hamas may try another incursion inside Israel -, but we don't see anyone label this ethnic cleansing.
If it's about assumptions, I think it's far more reasonable to assume these accusations are in fact a way to justify the October 7 massacre, without doing so explicitly.