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The Palestinian National Security Force
By Ibrahim Husseini
02 May 2015

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.”