An Israeli ministerial committee for legislation has approved a preliminary draft legislation that would legalize Israeli settlements and future constructions on Palestinian land.
The bill can forcefully confiscate land privately owned by Palestinian in exchange for compensation.
Hagit Ofran, a director of the Israeli anti-settlement Peace Now group said that it is “a shame” Israel is backing “a law that will allow the confiscation of privately owned Palestinian land in order to build settlements.”
The draft bill still needs to be ratified by the supreme court and face three readings in parliament before it is passed.
Over half a million Israelis live in more than 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.