Bill Awaits Signature Of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
By David Bedein, Middle East Correspondent
Published: Friday, December 26, 2008
The democratically elected Palestinian parliament in Gaza voted in favor of a law allowing courts to mete out sentences in the spirit of Islam, the London-based Arab daily Al Hayat reported Wednesday, the day before Christmas.
According to the bill, approved in its second reading and awaiting the signature of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as the Palestinian constitution demands, courts will be able to condemn offenders to a plethora of violent punitive measures.
Such punishments include crucifixion and hanging.
The bill reserves death sentences to persons who negotiate with a foreign government "against the Palestinian interest" and engage in any activity that can "hurt Palestinian morale."
For more on this story, please see the Mon., Dec. 29 edition of The Bulletin.