Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Rights groups challenge Israel's new settlements law in court

Israeli West-Bank barrier Ramallah
(Reuters) Rights groups petitioned Israel's Supreme Court on Wednesday to annul a heavily criticized law that retroactively legalized some 4,000 settler homes built on privately owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.

The law, approved by parliament on Monday, has drawn condemnation from Europe and the United Nations and has been described by Israel's attorney general as unconstitutional.

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