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Palestine Order in Council, 1922

An Order in Council, or type of primary legislation, pertaining to Palestine and enacted in the name of King George V on 10 August 1922. The purpose of the order was to officially abolish the British military governance of Palestine, in place since its occupation from the Ottoman Empire during World War I, and to establish civil administration in accordance with the provisions of the Mandate for Palestine, enacted by the League of Nations the previous month. The order vested executive authority in a British-appointed High Commissioner and Executive Council, determined provisions for an elected Legislative Council to operate at the discretion of the High Commissioner, established a system of civil and religious courts and validated existing British legislation. The order was officially repealed in Britain upon termination of the Mandate in May 1948, but parts of it remain in effect in Israel, with the Knesset and Government of Israel exercising the authority specified in it.