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Israeli Knesset to pass bill to legalize settlements built on Palestinian lands

30-01-2017 16:53

Source: Alray

 

Israeli occupation Knesset is expected to pass bill regarding legalizing settlements built on Palestinian private lands in the second and third reading. 

 

This issue was activated again by direct orders of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

 

According to Haaretz, Israeli daily paper, the bill would allow the state to declare private Palestinian land on which settlements or outposts were built “innocently or at the state’s instruction” as government property, and deny its owners the right to use or hold those lands until there is a diplomatic resolution of the status of the territories. The term “innocently” refers to instances in which settlers ostensibly did not know they were building on privately-owned Palestinian land.  

 

Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit continues to oppose the legislation, dubbed the "regularization bill," with justice officials saying he is not prepared to defend the new version in court, either. Despite his objections, however, the bill is expected to pass.

 

The law is expected to legalize 50 illegal outposts, which means turning 4,000 illegal housing units into legal ones; and Palestinians who provide papers to the court prove that they own the land might be prosecuted.


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