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I might add to this a reference to the excellent article by Owain Raw-Rees, "Palestinian Awards," Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America 55, 3 (May-June 2004): 2-12. While the journal got a load of flak for publishing this, this is first-rate work, and a good compilation of all we know to date on the awards of Palestine.

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The Legislative Framework of the PNA Security Forces

Chapter IX. Decorations, Badges and Medals

First. General Provisions

Article 99

The awarding of military decorations, badges, and medals and the permission to

bear Arab and foreign decorations shall be by order of the President.

Article 100

The awarding of military decorations, badges, and medals shall be to the

appointees which the competent minister determines. They may be awarded

at any time to officers who perform glorious acts. The award of military

decorations, badges, and medals shall be an encouragement for others to

follow the example of each honoree.

Article 101

Requests for decorations, badges, and medals shall be made in a confidential

manner. Officers for whom they are requested may not be informed thereof.

Article 102

Requests for decorations, badges, and medals shall be presented to the Committee

of Officers for examination, recommendation, and to choose whom it deems

should receive them. Following the approval of the competent minister, the

recommendation shall be sent to the President to be awarded.

Article 103

The bylaw of this law shall determine a system to award military decorations,

badges, and medals and to regulate their handing over, bearing, ranking,

deprivation, and all else that is related thereto.

Article 104

Military decorations, badges, and medals shall be identical to other drawings,

specifications, and conditions which are to be determined by the President.

Article 105

1. Arab and foreign military decorations, badges, and medals and the signs

pertaining thereto may not be borne prior to the announcement thereof in

the Military Report, with the exception of awards presented during official

ceremonies attended by the President or his representative.

2. Foreign military decorations, badges, and medals, and the signs pertaining

thereto shall be borne in accordance with the date of their awarding regardless

of their grade or affiliation, provided that they precede decorations, badges,

and medals of the Arab states and the remaining decorations of other states,

regardless of the date of their awarding.

Article 106

Military decorations, badges, and medals and their certificates shall remain the

property of the successors of the person to whom they were awarded, as a means

of commemoration and preservation of their advantages, without any one them

having the right to bear them.

Second. Ranking of Military Decorations,

Badges, Medals and their Awarding

Article 107

Military decorations, badges, and medals shall be given the following names and

ranking:

1. Decorations:

a) The Star of Honour.

b) The Star of Palestine.

c) The Star of Jerusalem.

2. Badges:

a) The Badge of Military Sacrifice, which shall be of three grades.

b) The Badge of Military Duty, which shall be of three grades.

c) The Badge of Military Training, which shall be of three grades.

3. Medals:

a) The Medal of Exceptional Promotion.

b) The Medal of Distinguished Service.

c) The Medal of the Wounded in War.

4. Memorial decorations, badges, and medals shall be established by a decision

of the President as circumstances warrant. Such memorial decorations,

badges, and medals shall be awarded to officers or members of the personnel

of the Security Forces. They may also be awarded to personnel of Arab and

foreign forces, provided that their bearers do not enjoy the material privileges

set forth under this law.

Article 108

The Star of Honour shall be awarded to a soldier who has performed exceptional

services or acts that indicate outstanding sacrifice and courage in a confrontation

with the enemy. A soldier who is awarded this Star shall be entitled to a monthly

remuneration to be determined by the bylaw of this law for the period of his service.

Article 109

The Star of Palestine shall be awarded to a soldier who has performed distinctive acts

that designate sacrifice and courage on the battle field.

Article 110

The Star of Jerusalem shall be awarded to a soldier who has performed distinguished

acts.

Article 111

The Badge of Military Sacrifice shall be awarded to a soldier who has performed

an act that is characterised by courage. The designation of the grade of the badge

shall be in accordance with the act for which it is awarded.

Article 112

The Badge of Military Duty shall be awarded to a soldier who has performed his

duties in a devoted and sincere manner. The designation of the grade of the badge

shall be in accordance with the act for which it is awarded.

Article 113

The Badge of Military Training shall be awarded to a soldier who has brought his unit

to a high level of training or to a soldier who has been injured during or because of

the training. The designation of the grade of the badge shall be in accordance with the

extent of his performance.

Article 114

The Medal of Distinguished Service shall be awarded to a soldier who has spent a

period of at least twenty (20) years in military service and who has performed his

acts in a trustworthy and sincere manner.

Article 115

The Medal of the Wounded in War shall be awarded to a soldier who has been injured

in the field or during the performance of his duty. It shall be proven that the injury was

because of the acts of the enemy or the performance of the duty, based upon a report of

the competent Military Medical Committee or a report by his direct commander. Each

time an injury occurs, the number shall be inscribed on the Medal.

Third. Civilian Medals and Badges

Article 116

1. The bylaw of this law shall determine a system to award civilian decorations,

badges, and medals and their handing over, bearing, ranking, deprivation,

and all that is related thereto.

2. A soldier may be awarded civilian medals or badges in accordance with the

manner in which military medal and badges are awarded.

Article 117

The ranking of military and civilian decorations, badges, and medals that are

awarded shall be in the following manner:

1. The Star of Honour, the Star of Palestine, and the Star of Jerusalem before the

civilian medals.

2. The military badges after the civilian medals and before the civilian badges.

3. The military medals after the civilian badges.

the Military Report, with the exception of awards presented during official

ceremonies attended by the President or his representative.

2. Foreign military decorations, badges, and medals, and the signs pertaining

thereto shall be borne in accordance with the date of their awarding regardless

of their grade or affiliation, provided that they precede decorations, badges,

and medals of the Arab states and the remaining decorations of other states,

regardless of the date of their awarding.

Article 106

Military decorations, badges, and medals and their certificates shall remain the

property of the successors of the person to whom they were awarded, as a means

of commemoration and preservation of their advantages, without any one them

having the right to bear them.

Edited by Antonio Prieto

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The last document:

Original Versions

English and Arabic, Geneva and Ramallah, 2008.

Law of Service in the Palestinian Security Forces

No. 8 of 2005

Article 19

The Committee of Officers shall be authorised to hear all matters and issues

pertaining to the affairs of officers, particularly the following:

6. Recommendations to grant officers decorations, badges and medals.

Article 29

fficers shall be subject to a system of appraisal reports in the following

manner:

2. The Committee of Officers may issue special appraisal reports, such as reports of recommendation of service, reports recommending eligibility for command, and reports recommending the awarding of decorations, badges and medals and the like.

Article 35

In a manner not contradicting the provisions of this law, the provisions of the Law of Service in the Palestinian Security Forces shall apply to the members regarding

appointment, seniority, promotion, delegation, assignment, transfer, secondment,

scholarships, salaries, leaves, obligations, prohibited acts, penalties, decorations,

badges, and medals, transfer to provisional retirement, expiration of service, and

any other matter of which a relevant provision is not mentioned in this law.

The document can be downloaded at: www.dcaf.ch/content/download/35601/526419/file/final_EN.pdf

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Great stuff Antonio - many thanks for posting this - a valuable contribution to research - thank you. Regards, Owain

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I note that the badges and medals follow the same format as the current military awards of Egypt - not surprising when one bears in mind the long standing relationship with Egypt. Owain

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Please add at least as civil decorations

- Medal of Honor

- Order of Culture, Sciences and Arts

- Order of Merit and Excellence (three classes?) وسام الاستحقاق والتميز

Edited by Antonio Prieto

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Order of Merit and Excellence وسام الاستحقاق والتميز

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Antonio, Thank you for your invaluable contribution to this particular topic. I will need to update my records and cross reference what I have to what you have provided. My OMSA article of some years ago needs to be thoroughly revised and updated. Yet another project to start upon! Again thank you. Kind regards, Owain

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