Palestinian and Israeli Groups: Settlement Bid Slap in the Face

Feb 8 2017 / 9:45 pm
Illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied West Bank are expanding in full force. (Photo: File)

Palestinian and Israeli activists and human rights groups lashed out at the Israeli government for passing a bill legalizing settlement outposts built on Palestinian private land across the occupied West Bank, the PIC reported.

Palestinian Authority (PA) spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudaina, said “the Knesset’s approval of the Regulation Bill in its second and third readings is “unacceptable” and one that stands in sharp contrast to the UN Security Council Resolution No. 2334 passed in December 2016.”

The Israeli Peace Now NGO also leveled heavy criticism at the bill, dubbing it “a scar of shame” on Israel’s face. The Israeli Yesh Din organization described, in a tweet, the law as “illegal and immoral.”

B’Tselem human rights watchdog also spoke out against the bill, saying it rather seeks a legal cover for Israeli land grab. B’Tselem added that the law “is a shameful scar on Israel’s face and its legislative body.”

The organization dubbed the bill “an Israeli slap in the face of the international community.”

The Israeli Knesset on Monday passed a law legalizing the expropriation of privately owned Palestinian land, in what critics warned would mark the first step toward the annexation of parts of the West Bank, while paving the way for possible future prosecution of Israel for war crimes.

The UN in December passed a resolution condemning settlements and demanding that Israel halt illegal settlement activity immediately.

(PIC, PC, Social Media)

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