The Court of Israel annuls the settlement law – World


Israel’s Supreme Court quashed the 2017 law that would legalize Jewish settlements in the West Bank built on Palestinian private land as “unconstitutional.” The decision – which occurs while the Netanyahu government intends to annex parts of the West Bank – is based on the fact, the court writes, that the law “violates Palestinian property and equality rights while privileging the interests of Israeli settlers over Palestinian residents.” It concerns about 4,000 houses built by settlers.
The judges – the decision was made with 8 votes in favor and 1 against – also ruled that the law does not “give sufficient prominence” to the status of “Palestinians as protected residents in an area under military occupation”. The controversial law had been frozen in its effects by the many appeals lodged by Palestinian and Israeli NGOs to the Court.
State Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit refused to defend her before the Court.


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