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The Palestinian Basic Law

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

Leaders detained in Gaza

The police of the de facto government in Gaza has arrested at least 17 Fatah leaders, according to Maan News. The arrests were made only a day after an order by President Mahmoud Abbas to release all political prisoners arrested by the Palestinian Authority (PA) since the Gaza bombing on 25 July.

Read: Maan News, “Fatah: de facto police detain high-profile leaders in Gaza,” 1 August 2008.

The arrests of the Fatah leaders were condemned by the Palestinian People’s Party (PPP) and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

Read: Maan News, “People’s Party condemns arrest of Fatah leaders,” 1 August 2008.
Read: Maan News, “PFLP calls for demonstrations in protest at arbitrary arrests,” 1 August 2008,

Fattah claimed that Hamas was doing nothing to make moves towards reconciliation.
Read: Maan News, “Fatah: Hamas are escalating internal crisis,” 1 August 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.

About this site

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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