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The Nakba, the Law, and What Lies In Between

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Emilio Dabed

Palestinian Legal Activism, Between Liberation and the ‘Desire’ for Statehood

Emilio Dabed: The Palestinian national movement was created and sustained by refugees, and it always defined its struggle as a battle not for statehood per se, but for the liberation of Palestine and the return of its people to their land. Everything in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations indicates that a potential Palestinian state will be built, if ever, on the very renunciation of the right of return. This is exactly the opposite of what Palestinians were fighting for.

How the Palestinian Judiciary Brings the PA’s Violence into the Law

Emilio Dabed on recent court decisions solidifying the emergence of a constitutional dictatorship in the Palestinian Authority.

Toward a Constitutional Dictatorship in the West Bank?

Emilio Dabed: No Palestinian leader has ever had the powers concentrated today in Abbas’ hands. To maintain this state of affairs or to secure the same powers for his successor, the Constitutional Court stands ready to help.

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