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The Palestinian Basic Law

A collection of various propsals and amendments to the Basic Law of Palestine.

West Bank PLC meets to discuss strikes

The Palestinian Legislative Council in Ramallah held an emergency session in Ramallah on Monday in response to the escalating crisis between the Palestinian Authority and the civil servan’ts union.

Read news report: Maan News, “West Bank Palestinian lawmakers call emergency PLC session to address labor crisis,” 7 April 2008,

The conflict between the PA and the civil servants have come to concern the very right to strike and involves a demand to reverse an executive order that allows the Palestinian high court to force striking workers back to their jobs.

Read news report: Maan News: “Palestinian Authority locked in confrontation with employees over right to strike,” 6 April 2008,

The strike has been interpreted by some as an attempt by Fatah to pressure caretaker Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to include Fatah members in the cabinet.

Read news report: Reuters, “Palestinian civil servants challenge PM Fayyad,” Yahoo News, 4 April 2008,

Fatah has reportedly been critical towards Fayyad’s cabinet and has resisted many aspects of his reform efforts. 

Read commentary: Mohammed Yaghi, “Fayad’s Reform Plan: Difficulties and Political Implications,”
PolicyWatch #1353, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 12 March 2008,

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Facts about the Basic Law

The Palestinian Basic Law is to function as a temporary constitution for the Palestinian Authority until the establishment of an independent state and a permanent constitution for Palestine can be achieved.

The Basic Law was passed by the Palestinian Legislative Council in 1997 and ratified by President Yasser Arafat in 2002. It has subsequently been amended twice; in 2003 the political system was changed to introduce a prime minister. In 2005 it was amended to conform to the new Election Law. The 2003 reform was comprehensive and affected the whole nature of the Palestinian political system, whereas the 2005 amendment was only minor and affected only a few paragraphs.

A parallel effort has been made to draft a permanent Palestinian constitution for an independent state, but this was shelved in favor of amending the existing Basic Law.

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This website presents a collection of various drafts and amendments related to the Basic Law and other constitutional texts that have been compiled from various other sources.

You can also expect to find links to news items and reports that are of relevance to Palestinian constitutional law, the electoral framework, political reform and the PA branches of government.

The website was created by the Norwegian journalists Erik Bolstad and Tonje M. Viken in February 2008. The site is a private initiative and has no affiliation to any organizations or authorities.

All external links are purely for information purposes and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors of this site.

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