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May 2, 2015
Palestine, West Bank

The Palestinian National Security Force put on a display of its tactical abilities at a public event in Jericho on May 2, 2015.

The contributor of this video provided the following description of the event:

“The Palestinian Authority is very interested in conveying a positive image to the Palestinian public about its security forces. This is to counter an ever increasing negative perception among ordinary Palestinians towards the PA for coordinating on security matters with the Israelis.

The PA wanted to show us through experience what it is like to be a member of the NSF.They wanted us to know full well, and to tell the world, that their men and women are well disciplined, conditioned and motivated to carry orders when given.

However what struck me the most is the moral of the men and women and their motivation. They see themselves as a nucleus of a regular Palestinian army and not just a mere special force to carry on an arrest. One member of the NSF alluded to the second Intifada and at the time when the Israeli army stormed the center of Ramallah and laid seige on the Presidential compound where Arafat was taking residence. It was as if he was saying this won't happen again. There was also a feeling of bitterness and resentment over the Israeli army incursions into Palestinian towns and cities.
Members of the NSF speak of themselves as if they were a border force in charge of defending borders of Palestine. Of course we cannot help but ask ourselves where do these borders lie.

I asked the Colonel in charge of media affairs about challenges. His reply was the "Israeli occupation" as the most direct challenge and obstacle to advance this force. He cited restrictions on procuring technology and equipment. To make a point about the various restrictions the Colonel talked about donors' refusal to fund a canine unit and how this unit was founded despite lack of funding.”

Shotlist

  1. 1. Simulation. Palestinian special forces of the National security forces chase and apprehend suspects. 2. Special forces on motorcycles. 3. Two members of the Palestinian special forces taking aim at wanted individuals hiding in building. 4. Member of Palestinian NSF in an armored car. 5. Interview with Muhamad Abu Jeheishe (trainer). We've received training from countries like Jordan, Algeria, U.A.E, Bangladesh. We've been to more than one country to receive training. Apart from that we have undergone training here locally. We get basic training here and then we get complementary training abroad. 6. Special forces on motorcycles saluting their superiors. 7. Special forces in vehicles saluting superiors. 8. Members of the Palestinian NSF saluting the Palestinian National anthem. 9. Interview with Col. Taher al- Refae'e. "We as the NSF and as security forces the only obstacle [preventing] the advance and development and procurement of technology is the Israeli [occupation]. The [occupation] prevents us for acquiring equipment and trainers we're in need of as a security force." 10. Wide. Palestinian NSF storming a building. 11. Ambulance car prepares to evacuate wounded individuals (Part of the show). 12. Interview with Col. Taher al-refae'e. The biggest challenge is the presence of the Israeli occupation on our land. As for other challenges, just like any other country we deal with developments as needed." 13. Various of trainees and spectators watching the show. 14. Interview with Lt. Samar Thawabteh of the NSF. "I joined because my homeland requires this from me to be a loyal soldier to this beautiful homeland, a loyal soldier to this occupied homeland. This homeland is need of each Palestinian to sacrifice for it because this homeland deserves [sacrifice] 15. Members of the NSF in gear. 16. Interview with Lt. Samar Thawabteh. "our security institutions and our homeland deserves all of our efforts, [deserves] to be faithful, to be, God willing, the future Palestinian army and Palestine will be liberated, God willing. 17. Various of NSF and officials. 18. Interview with NSF Trainer Muhamad abu Jeheishe. "We get her [visits] from journalists, media, doctors, university students. We even started to visit schools to give them an idea about us to give them some training and thank god it was a successful experience." 19. Various of NSF.

Script

  1. soundbite (Arabic)
    Muhamad Abu Jeheishe, Trainer at the NSF: We've received training from countries like Jordan, Algeria, U.A.E, Bangladesh. We've been to more than one country to receive training. Apart from that we have undergone training here locally. We get basic training here and then we get complementary training abroad.
  2. soundbite (Arabic)
    Hafez al- Refae'e, Colonel: "We as the NSF and as security forces the only obstacle [preventing] the advance and development and procurement of technology is the Israeli [occupation]. The [occupation] prevents us for acquiring equipment and trainers we're in need of as a security force."
  3. soundbite (Arabic )
    Hafez al-Refae'e, Colonel: "The biggest challenge is the presence of the Israeli occupation on our land. As for other challenges, just like any other country we deal with developments as needed."
  4. soundbite (Arabic )
    Samar Thawabteh, Lieutenant : "I joined because my homeland requires this from me to be a loyal soldier to this beautiful homeland, a loyal soldier to this occupied homeland. This homeland is need of each Palestinian to sacrifice for it because this homeland deserves [sacrifice]
  5. soundbite (Arabic)
    Samar Thawabtreh, Lieutenant : "our security institutions and our homeland deserves all of our efforts, [deserves] to be faithful, to be, God willing, the future Palestinian army and Palestine will be liberated, God willing."
  6. soundbite (Arabic )
    Muhamad abu Jeheishe, Trainer- NSF: "We get her [visits] from journalists, media, doctors, university students. We even started to visit schools to give them an idea about us to give them some training and thank god it was a successful experience."