Palestine Lawyers rally against ‘intrusion on judiciary’
On 9 February, dozens of lawyers and former judges stood in the courtyard of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), chanting slogans calling for the protection of judicial independence. They also announced the beginning of an open-ended sit-in protest at the premises until their demands were met.
“This law cannot pass without the Bar Association rejecting and protesting against it, because it is a clear intrusion on the judiciary,” Jawad Obeidat, head of the PBA, told Middle East Eye.
The movement kicked off at the start of 2021 following President Mahmoud Abbas’s issue of three presidential decrees on 30 December, amending judicial authority laws and processes in a manner which grants the executive branch that he heads, and those he appoints to high judicial positions, broad decision-making powers with far-reaching impact on judges, lawyers, and their jobs and futures.