Israel Supreme Court strikes down law legalizing settler homes on privately owned Palestinian land
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Israel Supreme Court strikes down law legalizing settler homes on privately owned Palestinian land

Israel’s Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a 2017 law that legalized settler homes built on privately owned Palestinian land in the West Bank.

Under the “Law for the Regularization of Settlement in Judea and Samaria,” which was approved in February 2017, settlers were allowed to remain on privately owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank if they did not have prior knowledge of Palestinian ownership. Settlers were also allowed to build on the land if they were given government approval.

The law retroactively legalized more than 4,000 homes built in the West Bank. It legalized 50 homes that had been built without government approval.

A nine-judge panel of the Supreme Court struck down the law on Tuesday in a vote of eight to one. The judges found that the law “unequally infringe[d]” upon Palestinian residents’ property rights.