Occupied Jerusalem, ALRAY - Israeli occupation authorities adopting Settlements Regulation Law which seizes private Palestinian property meets both Israeli and international legal standards, Israeli paper reported.
The legislation retroactively authorizes some 4,000 illegal settlers homes built on private Palestinian property while financially compensation the Palestinian land owners.
aIt said in the report that it presented a lengthy brief on the legislation to the High Court of Justice. In a rare move the brief was penned by an outside consultant attorney Harel Arnon.
Israeli Attorney General Avihai Mandelblit has sided with the petition to the HCJ by a consortium of 13 non-governmental groups against the legislation.
The Government of Israel rejects the petitioners' attempt to intimidate the government and its officials on the grounds that the [legislation] violates of international law,” the Justice Ministry said in its breif summary of the document.
The legislation retro-actively authorizes some 4,000 illegal settlers homes built on private Palestinian property while financially compensation the Palestinian land owners.
The bill runs counter to four decades of Israeli High Court rulings against the use of private Palestinian property for settler homes.
If the court upholds the legislation which the Knesset approved in February, it would mark the most significant change to the treatment of property in the West Bank in the last 40 years.