Following the meeting that took place between US Sec’y of State Colin Powell and PLO leader Abu Mazen, senior AP diplomatic correspondent Barry Schweid reported that US Sec’y of State Colin Powell remarked that the PA constitution was a “positive” development. (See his AP May 12th dispatch from Jericho)
Following his praise of the PA State Constitution, Powell announced the US was allocating an additional $50 million in aid to Palestinian agencies to support Palestinian “civil reform”, including the Palestinian Legislative Council, which is supposed to implement the PA State Constitution. According to a US state department official, this allocation is in accordance with a US policy which funds “non-governmental organizations in the West Bank and Gaza for specifically identified projects and initiatives… “
The question remains: Did the US sec’y of State examine the PA State Constitution which he says is a “positive” development? If he did peruse it and praise it, that is worrisome. If he did not peruse it and praised it, this is even more worrisome.
Our agency received the PA State Constitution from the Vatican, following a briefing that Church officials in Jerusalem provided for a visiting US Congressional delegation. Church officials did peruse the constitution, and were quite upset at what they discovered…
The PA State Constitution places Church schools and all religious institutions under the authority of absolute Islamic regime, with no religious freedom, no civil liberties, no human rights and mandates the “right of return” for all Palestinian Arabs to go back to Arab villages that were abandoned in 1948 and which have been replaced by Israeli cities, collective farms and woodlands. (None of these lands lie in the west bank or Gaza.)
The author of the constitution, Palestinian cabinet official Nabil Sha’ath confirmed that this was indeed the final draft of the constitution.
The “right of return” which is mandated by the PA State Constitution has become the zeitgeist of the Palestinian Authority since the inception of the PA ten years ago.
Needless to say, the “right of return” clause negates the two state solution proposed by President Bush as a formula for peace in the middle east
Our translations of the Arabic language PA constitution, which was ratified by the PLC, can be perused at www.israelbehindthenews.com, in Hebrew, English and Russian.
We discussed the seriousness of the PA state constitution with the US Consular press attache in Jerusalem and also with the press office in the State Department and press office in the White House
Yet we have not received any reaction or response from either the White House press office nor from the US State Department press office to the PA PA state constitution.
The question remains: Did Powell examine that constitution ?
Either way, Powell’s characterization of the PA state constitution as a “positive” development is most worrisome. And his allocation of funds to implement that constitution is even more worrisome.
Where is the US government concern for democracy, human rights, and coexistence in the middle east?
Does Foggy Bottom wish to impose Teheran in Ramallah??