QUSRA (Ma'an) -- Every night watchman knows there is a chance they could be killed by Israeli soldiers or settlers, Walid said. The remark brought little reaction from the four men sitting on couches next to him: they had been over this before.
They are residents of Qusra, a village in the northern occupied West Bank. The Israeli military, stationed just kilometers away, has for decades facilitated the wishes of the settler movement, whose illegal and often violent presence in the village has removed any sense of security felt by its Palestinian residents.
Walid works in the Palestinian security sector, but the position is rendered useless once he enters his hometown, designated Area B where security affairs lie entirely under Israeli military control.