Israel freezes controversial settlement law

FRENCH PRESS AGENCY - AFP
JERUSALEM
Published 18.08.2017 21:23
Updated 18.08.2017 21:24

Israel's Supreme Court has frozen implementation of a law legalizing dozens of Jewish settlements built on private Palestinian land, which the U.N. labelled a "thick red line."

The decision was condemned by rightwing Israeli politicians who accused the judiciary of overruling the will of Israel's parliament.

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.

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