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  Palestinian National Authority - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
However, internal Palestinian strife was also a reason for the disorganization in government, and it was not until Arafat's death in 2004 that new elections occurred on both presidential and local levels.
According to the Palestinian "Basic Law" which was signed by Arafat in 2002 after a long delay, the current structure of the PA is based on three separate branches of power [5]: executive, legislative, and judiciary.
On August 10, 2004, a report by an investigation committee Palestinian Legislative Council for the reasons for the anarchy and chaos in the PA was published by Haaretz daily newspaper.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Palestinian_Authority   (4368 words)

 Freedom in the World 2001 - 2002   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Yasir Arafat’s Palestinian Authority (PA) continued to be undermined as factions of his Fatah organization and other militant groups took the lead—at times against his orders, without his consultation, or perhaps even with his tacit approval—in perpetuating the intifada.
Elections for the first Palestinian legislative council and head of the council’s executive authority were held in January 1996 and were considered to be generally free and fair.
Palestinians condemned Israel for the killings—often carried out by helicopter gunships or undercover units—and labeled them “assassinations.” Israel also faced international criticism for what it termed “targeted killings.” Israel justified the policy on the grounds that its repeated requests that the PA detain Palestinians suspected of planning or carrying out attacks had gone unheeded.
www.freedomhouse.org /research/freeworld/2002/countryratings/israel-palestinianauthority.htm   (2132 words)

 Arafat’s Press: What the Palestinian Authority gets away with - Middle East Forum
Palestinian Authority policemen firing their assault rifles in the air...
About 1,500 Palestinians participated in the rally which was led by supporters of Hamas, the Islamic terrorist group that specializes in suicide bombings of Israelis.
Palestinian demonstrations that have broken out since September 11 have been photo-ops for Western journalists and videographers but a public-relations nightmare for Yasser Arafat.
www.meforum.org /article/79   (803 words)

 JURIST - Palestinian Authority: Palestinian law, legal research, human rights
In January 1996, Palestinians chose their first popularly elected Government in democratic elections that generally were free and fair; the 88-member Palestinian Council (PC) and the Chairman of the Executive Authority were elected.
Palestinian civilians were responsible for the deaths of the 87 Israelis killed in the occupied territories.
Palestinians acting individually, or in unorganized or small groups, including some members of Palestinian security services, killed at least 36 Israelis, including 17 settlers, as well as 10 members of the Israeli security forces in the occupied territories during the year.
jurist.law.pitt.edu /world/palest.htm   (2865 words)

 Palestinian National Authority   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
This assembly is the emanation of the political choice of the inhabitants of the Palestinian autonomous territories from West Bank and Gaza.
Under Palestinian law, if the President dies or becomes incapacitated, the speaker of the Legislative Council becomes head of the Palestinian Authority for an interim period until new elections are held.
A Palestinian Constitution Committee was endorsed with the task of drafting a text in November 1999 and Nabeel Shaath was appointed its Chairman.
www.pna.gov.ps /Government/gov/palestinian_legislative_council.asp   (741 words)

 CNN.com In-Depth Specials - Mideast: Land of conflict
The Palestinian Authority is the limited self-rule government for parts of the West Bank and Gaza that was established under the terms of the so-called Oslo Accords.
Yasser Arafat was elected president of the PA (the Palestinians refer to it as the Palestinian National Authority), and 88 others were elected to sit on a Palestinian Legislative Council.
Arafat established a Cabinet for the Palestinian Authority that was approved by the legislative council.
www.cnn.com /SPECIALS/2003/mideast/stories/palestinian.government   (470 words)

 The EU's relations with West Bank and Gaza Strip - Overview
In June 2002, the Palestinian Authority, in response to domestic and international pressure, adopted a wide-ranging programme on reform.
In March 2003 the Palestinian Legislative revised the Basic Law establishing a post of Prime Minister of the PA. Work is currently underway on the preparation of a Palestinian Constitution and the holding of elections.
The overall objective is to prepare Israeli and Palestinian participants both professionally and personally to work together in a multi-cultural environment and enhance their vision as to the possibilities of promoting cooperative ventures in the future.
europa.eu.int /comm/external_relations/gaza/intro   (5034 words)

 Palestinian Authority Corruption
Palestinian gunmen killing so-called "collaborators" reached new high levels in 2002 in conjunction with Israel's Operation Defensive Shield against terrorist infrastructure in the territories.
One of the chief consumers of funds in the chronically deficit-ridden Palestinian budget is the "police force" that exceeds 2% of the population, a size far above the limits imposed by the Oslo agreements, a force that is armed with weapons that are illegal under those agreements.
The Palestinian Mortgage Housing Corporation was involved in scandal in 1998, when the EU discovered that $20 million it had donated for the construction of low-cost housing in Gaza had been used instead to build luxury apartments for wealthy supporters of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat.
www.palestinefacts.org /pf_1991to_now_pa_corrupt.php   (1015 words)

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Palestinian Authority would not be bowing to pressure and plans to impose the death penalty against Palestinians suspected of collaboration with Israel, Palestinian justice Minister Farid al-Jallad says.
The minister’s remarks came in response to a decision by a Palestinian religious leader who recently authorized the execution of a group of Palestinian collaborators convicted in PA courts.
Palestinian observers have explained the need for executions by saying death sentences could stop the spread of revenge attacks, which have become increasingly common during the intifadah.
www.ynetnews.com /articles/0,7340,L-3057012,00.html   (213 words)

 Palestinian Elections: A Milestone on the Road to Reform?
The January 9 elections to replace Yasser Arafat as the head of the Palestinian Authority could usher in a period of reform, with Arafat’s corrupt thugocracy gradually replaced by a more transparent, more responsible, less militant Palestinian leadership willing to renounce terrorism and negotiate a peace agreement with Israel.
But even under the most optimistic conditions, the push for Palestinian reform and renewed peace negotiations with Israel will be a grueling struggle due to the toxic aftereffects of Arafat’s ruinous policies, which have dug a deep hole from which the Palestinian people will find it difficult to emerge.
Many Palestinians see Abbas as a bland figure in a grey suit; he lacks personal charisma and popular appeal, particularly in the eyes of younger Palestinians, who are increasingly impatient to play a significant role in Palestinian politics.
www.heritage.org /Research/MiddleEast/wm635.cfm   (986 words)

 USATODAY.com - Palestinian Authority, Hamas agree to cooperate on Gaza   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
A Palestinian tailor folds a newly-made flag in a sewing factory for use during the Israeli pullout from the Gaza Strip.
Israeli and Palestinian officials, meanwhile, said they would set up a joint operations center to monitor the pullout, which is expected to take several weeks.
Hamas was assured that jobs in government offices and security forces will be open to all Palestinians, he said, adding that the group agreed to participate in parliamentary elections, which have been delayed for six months.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2005-08-11-mideast_x.htm   (848 words)

 PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY CORRUPTION   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The internal report of the Palestinian Authority that financial mismanagement and corruption have resulted in the loss of $326 million this year, a full 40 percent of the annual PA budget, is cause for great concern.
If the Palestinian Authority is to be truly responsible and autonomous in the service of the Palestinian people, it must, as a top priority, effectively implement the internal controls necessary to correct these abuses.
The auditors appointed by the Palestinian Authority appear to be doing a good job; now, Arafat, the Palestinian Authority and all those who are responsible for improving the lives of the Palestinian people must prove they are up to the task.
www.ajcongress.org /pages/RELS1997/MAY97REL/may_011.htm   (597 words)

 Origin of the Palestinian Authority
The first phase, or the "interim period," was to last five years, during which time Israel would incrementally withdraw from Palestinian population centers in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and Gaza Strip, while transferring administrative power to an elected Palestinian Authority (PA).
The transfer from Israel to the Palestinian Authority took place in additional areas of the West Bank pursuant to the Israel-PLO September 28, 1995 Interim Agreement, the Israel-PLO January 15, 1997 Protocol Concerning Redeployment in Hebron, the Israel-PLO October 23, 1998 Wye River Memorandum, and the September 4, 1999 Sharm el-Sheikh Agreement.
The Palestinian Authority was given the responsibility for combating terrorism and coordinating security with Israel.
www.palestinefacts.org /pf_1991to_now_pa_origin.php   (727 words)

 Jerusalem Media & Communication Centre
The military wings of the Palestinian factions announced yesterday that they reached a code of honor among them that unifies the future vision on their action program and administration in the next phase.
The Palestinian factions reach a national charter of honor to secure safety of the PLC elections...
The Palestinian Authority, while condemning the Israeli onslaught, also blamed Hamas for provoking the air strikes after the group fired a volley of rockets at the Israeli town Sderot on September 23, wounding six Israelis.
www.jmcc.org   (592 words)

 Human Rights Watch: Middle East and Northern Africa : Israel, Occupied Territory, West Bank and Gaza Strip

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