Israeli committee approves bill legalising outposts

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Israel has approved a controversial draft bill aimed at authorising Jewish settlements that were built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank without Israeli government permission.

Amona, near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, is home to about 40 Jewish families and was built on land privately owned by Palestinians who had petitioned the court for the outpost to be removed.

Several rights groups have accused the Israeli military of ignoring, or in many cases aiding the armed settlers. The bill, approved unanimously on Sunday, stipulates that the government could order the confiscation of privately-owned Palestinian land in exchange for compensation.

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