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Sunday 30 April 2017

Israel passes law legalising thousands of settlement homes

Israeli lawmakers attend a vote on a bill at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem February 6, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
Israeli lawmakers attend a vote on a bill at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem February 6, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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Israel's parliament has passed a contentious law meant to retroactively legalise thousands of West Bank settlement homes.

The law passed by 60-52 in a late-night vote on Monday.

It is expected to be challenged in Israel's Supreme Court and is likely to face legal hurdles.

The law retroactively legalises several thousand homes built illegally on private Palestinian land.

The original landowners would be compensated either with money or alternative land, even if they do not agree to give up their property.

The international community overwhelmingly opposes settlements and sees them as an obstacle to peace.

The law is part of a series of pro-settlement steps taken in recent weeks by Israel's hard-line government, which has been emboldened by the election of US President Donald Trump.

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