A Police Force Without a State: A History of the Palestinian by Brynjar Lia

By Brynjar Lia

This publication lines the evolution of the Palestinian police and protection forces, starting with its ancient antecedents in Lebanon and the occupied territories, and the formation of formal police organisations after the Oslo Accords till the outbreak of the second one Intifada in September 2000. The heritage of the Palestinian Police revolves round the primary query of ways a countrywide police strength might be created and operated with out the framework of an self sustaining country. except providing a much more precise and exact account of the Palestinian Police historical past than earlier works, the learn additionally presents distinct perception into the issues and dilemmas of policing through non-state actors in battle torn societies. The examine strains the institution and enlargement of the Palestinian police and safeguard forces with a spotlight on PLO efforts at recruiting, education and increasing the strength, its political context, institutional improvement, and dilemmas of 'non-state' policing within the context of the political-military clash with Israel. in response to a bunch of recent unpublished resources, spanning from Palestinian Authority files, inner Palestinian Police courses, a different entry to the information of the Norwegian international Ministry (which chaired crucial police coordination committees), and a really thorough evaluation of millions of Arab, Israeli and overseas press, the current learn offers a different perception right into a hitherto uncharted territory in modern Palestinian and heart japanese heritage. This ebook can be of useful curiosity to scholars, researchers and practitioners within the box of protection area reform and foreign police tips.

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Then, a basic training course designed to give the selected personnel the absolute basic minimum knowledge of police techniques and the law would require between 6 to 12 months. At the very earliest, the first group of police officers would be ready for active policing one year after the first announcements were issued, according to Hartz’s estimates. 73 For this reason, societies just emerging [18] 391 01 Police w/out a state 7/14/06 11:12 AM Page 19 INTRODUCTION from violent internal conflict will not have a system of professional law enforcement.

45 The argument was that states and societies emerging from civil war or protracted violent conflict suffer from a partial or total breakdown of elementary law enforcement and public order maintenance. 46 [13] 391 01 Police w/out a state 7/14/06 11:12 AM Page 14 A P O L I C E F O RC E W I T H O U T A S TAT E In his case study on police reform efforts in post-conflict Mozambique, James L. Woods observes that Mozambique’s cities, which were renowned for their lack of crime even during the height of the civil war, were caught up in a crime wave against which the local police seemed almost powerless.

23 f. and Hansen and Lia (1998). For economic agendas and the political economy of recent civil wars, see Berdal and Keen (1997) and Griffiths (1999). 51 Berdal (1996), pp. 55–6. 52 Cottam and Marenin (1989), p. 592. , pp. 592–3. 54 Reiner (1992), p. 5. Quoted in Wright and Mawby (1999), p. 338. 55 Berdal (1996), p. 57. 56 Wright and Mawby (1999), pp. 338, 340. 57 The balance between government control and police independence is a fine one. In democratic countries, the government usually has a role in (a) the police’s financial accountability, (b) the legislative basis of its formal accountability procedures and (c) the appointment of the chief of police, but the government should not have operational control.

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