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March 04, 2003

About the Palestinian Constitution

Here is MEMRI on the projected Palestinian constitution. It strikes me that the remarks about the Right of Return are not fully spelled out, but then a constitution is but a piece of paper unless it is a document that is put into practise
In response to increasing international pressure, the Palestinian Authority has stepped up its efforts at constitutional reform. The two main bodies involved in this endeavor are the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) and the Committee for Drafting the Constitution, headed by Nabil Sha'ath. The Basic Law – which was ratified by the PLC in 2002 and currently serves as a provisional constitution – did not meet international demands for reform. Therefore, under Sha'ath's leadership, the committee responsible for drafting the constitution is now working on its final draft. PA officials first stated it would be published in January 2003, and then February 2003, but up till now it has not yet been officially issued.

The Basic Law: A Provisional Constitution [more]