Israel froze a controversial settlement law that legalizes dozens of Jewish settlements built on private Palestinian land, which the UN labeled a “thick red line”. Supreme Court documents seen by AFP show that Judge Neal Hendel issued an open-ended restraining order suspending a bill passed by parliament that would retroactively legalize a number of outposts across the occupied West Bank. The decision was in response to a petition brought by 17 Palestinian local councils on whose land the settlements are built. Israeli and Palestinian rights groups were also parties to the petition.
The development has not however hindered Israeli authorities from demolishing Arab houses throughout the territories.
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