Israel passed a law on Monday retroactively legalising about 4,000 settler homes built on privately owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.
The Israeli Knesset voted 60 to 52 to pass the law, which has drawn international concern and Palestinian anger.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu initially opposed the bill, fearing an international backlash and legal implications, but voiced support for it in November before it passed its second reading.
The bill has been pushed by hardline members of Netanyahu’s coalition.
The Palestine Liberation Organisation slammed the new Israeli law as a means to “legalise theft” of Palestinian land. Continue