February 10, 2017

Israel-Based Advocacy Groups Ask SC To Strike Down Regularisation Bill

Israel Law

On December 7, 2016, the Israeli Knesset passed the first reading of the so-called “Regularisation Bill” to retrospectively recognize illegal settlement outposts in the West Bank.

On February 8, Two Israel-based advocacy groups, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights and the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC), asked Israel's Supreme Court to strike down this new law that retroactively legalizes nearly 4,000 settler homes built on private Palestinian land in the West Bank.

The so-called "Regularisation Bill" says settlement construction in the West Bank carried out in "good faith" and without knowledge that the land was privately owned can be recognized by the government if settlers show that they received some kind of state support in establishing themselves at the site.

Although there is a possibility that the law will be overturned in court, the passage represents a political accomplishment for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who advocated Israeli settlement.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called the law an aggression against Palestinian people and threatened to suspend security cooperation with Israel if its ramp-up of Israeli settlements continued.

Attorney General of Israel Avichai Mandelblit also warned that this law is unconstitutional and said that he will not defend the legislation in court and may even be called to testify against it.

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