Israeli parliament passes law allowing “stealing” Palestinian lands

BBC – Israel’s parliament has passed a controversial law retroactively legalising almost 4,000 settler homes built on privately-owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.

Under the legislation, the Palestinian landowners will be given financial compensation or alternative land.

The Palestinian president called the law “an aggression against our people”.

Israel’s attorney-general has said it is unconstitutional and that he will not defend it in the Supreme Court.

The legislation’s passage comes amid an escalation in settlement activity since the inauguration of Donald Trump as US president.

Emboldened by a new administration it sees as a more sympathetic, Israel’s government has advanced plans for thousands of new settler homes.

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