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last updated May 20, 2009
published Oct. 5, 2002
Law of the Capital
October 5, 2002
Read more:  capital, Jerusalem
Summary: The Law of the Capital is a law stating that Jerusalem (al-Quds al-Sharif) is the capital of the Palestinian state, and that the Jerusalem is the main and permanent headquarters for the three authorities.
News
Israel hedges on time frame for Jerusalem projects
May 10, 2010
Arab leaders set up $1 billion fund for Jerusalem
March 27, 2013
Rare snowstorm paralyzes Jerusalem area and north
Jan. 10, 2013


Multimedia
Jerusalem Day March near the Old City
Interview with Silwan organizer Jawad Siam
March 2, 2010 BBC Panorama: A Walk in the Park Pt. 1
BBC Panorama: A Walk in the Park Pt. 2


Documents
US Letter of Assurances on the Terms of the Peace, 1991
Under Attack: Settler Violence against Palestinian Children in the oPt, DCI report, July 2010
United Nations Security Council Resolution 476


Publications
Poll No. 10, October 1995 - On Palestinian Attitudes Towards the Taba Agreement and the PNA‘s Assumption of Authority over West Bank Towns
Jerusalem - Population and Urbanization (from 1850 - 1996)
Poll No. 35, December 1999 - On Palestinian & Israeli Attitudes Towards the future of the Peace Process


Background
Sheikh Jarrah
Tel Aviv
Ramallah


Resources
The Case of Sheikh Jarrah, UN OCHA, October 2010 (pdf file)
The Impact of the Barrier on Health, Special report, OCHA and WHO, July 2010 (pdf file)
Settlers push to evict two more East Jerusalem families, Nir Hasson, April 7, 2010, Haaretz online


Document Text

The following is an unofficial translation of the Law of the Capital:

The President of the State of Palestine
Head of the PLO Executive Committee
President of the PNA
After looking at the Basic Law for the year 2002, especially Article (3),
And the Draft Law submitted by the Cabinet
And After the ratification of the PLC in its session on September 28, 2000
We Issue the following Law:

Article One
Al-Quds Al-Shareef is the capital of the Palestinian state and is the main and permanent headquarters of the three authorities: The Legislative, the Executive, and the judiciary.

Article Two
The Palestinian state has sovereignty over al-Quds al-Shareef and the Holy Sites in it, and is responsible for its protection and for granting freedom of worship and exercising all religious rituals in it.

Article Three
A special ratio shall be allocated annually from the General Budget to the city of Al-Quds Al-Shareef and programs and plans shall be set up to encourage public and private investment and will remain a class A development region with special priority.

Article Four
Any legislation or agreement that tries to attack the Palestinian right in al-Quds al-Shareef or that violates the provisions of this law shall be considered void.

Article Five
This law shall only be amended or canceled by a majority of two thirds of the PLC members.

Article Six
All competent parties, each with its own jurisdiction, must implement this law which will take effect as of the date of its issuing and shall be published in the gazette.

Issued in the city of Ramallah on October 5, 2002


Yasser Arafat
President of the of Palestine
Head of the PLO Executive Committee
President of the PNA
  
  

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October 5, 2002


The following is an unofficial translation of the Law of the Capital:

The President of the State of Palestine
Head of the PLO Executive Committee
President of the PNA
After looking at the Basic Law for the year 2002, especially Article (3),
And the Draft Law submitted by the Cabinet
And After the ratification of the PLC in its session on September 28, 2000
We Issue the following Law:

Article One
Al-Quds Al-Shareef is the capital of the Palestinian state and is the main and permanent headquarters of the three authorities: The Legislative, the Executive, and the judiciary.

Article Two
The Palestinian state has sovereignty over al-Quds al-Shareef and the Holy Sites in it, and is responsible for its protection and for granting freedom of worship and exercising all religious rituals in it.

Article Three
A special ratio shall be allocated annually from the General Budget to the city of Al-Quds Al-Shareef and programs and plans shall be set up to encourage public and private investment and will remain a class A development region with special priority.

Article Four
Any legislation or agreement that tries to attack the Palestinian right in al-Quds al-Shareef or that violates the provisions of this law shall be considered void.

Article Five
This law shall only be amended or canceled by a majority of two thirds of the PLC members.

Article Six
All competent parties, each with its own jurisdiction, must implement this law which will take effect as of the date of its issuing and shall be published in the gazette.

Issued in the city of Ramallah on October 5, 2002


Yasser Arafat
President of the of Palestine
Head of the PLO Executive Committee
President of the PNA

Document Text

The following is an unofficial translation of the Law of the Capital:

The President of the State of Palestine
Head of the PLO Executive Committee
President of the PNA
After looking at the Basic Law for the year 2002, especially Article (3),
And the Draft Law submitted by the Cabinet
And After the ratification of the PLC in its session on September 28, 2000
We Issue the following Law:

Article One
Al-Quds Al-Shareef is the capital of the Palestinian state and is the main and permanent headquarters of the three authorities: The Legislative, the Executive, and the judiciary.

Article Two
The Palestinian state has sovereignty over al-Quds al-Shareef and the Holy Sites in it, and is responsible for its protection and for granting freedom of worship and exercising all religious rituals in it.

Article Three
A special ratio shall be allocated annually from the General Budget to the city of Al-Quds Al-Shareef and programs and plans shall be set up to encourage public and private investment and will remain a class A development region with special priority.

Article Four
Any legislation or agreement that tries to attack the Palestinian right in al-Quds al-Shareef or that violates the provisions of this law shall be considered void.

Article Five
This law shall only be amended or canceled by a majority of two thirds of the PLC members.

Article Six
All competent parties, each with its own jurisdiction, must implement this law which will take effect as of the date of its issuing and shall be published in the gazette.

Issued in the city of Ramallah on October 5, 2002


Yasser Arafat
President of the of Palestine
Head of the PLO Executive Committee
President of the PNA
  
  

Other Issues


President Arafat ratifies the law of al-Quds... The eternal capital of the state of Palestine
US Congress considers Jerusalem as an eternal capital of Israel
Draft Basic Law for the National Authority



October 5, 2002


The following is an unofficial translation of the Law of the Capital:

The President of the State of Palestine
Head of the PLO Executive Committee
President of the PNA
After looking at the Basic Law for the year 2002, especially Article (3),
And the Draft Law submitted by the Cabinet
And After the ratification of the PLC in its session on September 28, 2000
We Issue the following Law:

Article One
Al-Quds Al-Shareef is the capital of the Palestinian state and is the main and permanent headquarters of the three authorities: The Legislative, the Executive, and the judiciary.

Article Two
The Palestinian state has sovereignty over al-Quds al-Shareef and the Holy Sites in it, and is responsible for its protection and for granting freedom of worship and exercising all religious rituals in it.

Article Three
A special ratio shall be allocated annually from the General Budget to the city of Al-Quds Al-Shareef and programs and plans shall be set up to encourage public and private investment and will remain a class A development region with special priority.

Article Four
Any legislation or agreement that tries to attack the Palestinian right in al-Quds al-Shareef or that violates the provisions of this law shall be considered void.

Article Five
This law shall only be amended or canceled by a majority of two thirds of the PLC members.

Article Six
All competent parties, each with its own jurisdiction, must implement this law which will take effect as of the date of its issuing and shall be published in the gazette.

Issued in the city of Ramallah on October 5, 2002


Yasser Arafat
President of the of Palestine
Head of the PLO Executive Committee
President of the PNA

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