PLO official Ashrawi blasts settlements law

(7 Feb 2017) A senior Palestinian official condemned on Tuesday an Israeli law that is meant to retroactively legalise thousands of West Bank settlement homes built illegally on private Palestinian land. Hanan Ashrawi said "the so called Regularization law that was adopted by the Knesset last night is an extremely serious development and escalation." The vote passed 60-52 in Israel's 120-member Knesset on Monday, following a raucous debate in which opposition lawmakers shouted from their seats at governing coalition lawmakers speaking in favour of the vote from the dais. The explosive law is the latest in a series of pro-settler steps taken by Israel's hard-line government since the election of Donald Trump as US president. Critics say the legislation enshrines into law the theft of Palestinian land, and it is expected to be challenged in Israel's Supreme Court. The step is expected to trigger international outrage and a flurry of lawsuits against the measure. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/714659b5e13e7395101c05fabb772eb3 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork

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