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Israel rehomes illegal settlers in West Bank while demolishing handful of houses

HUNDREDS of Israeli settler activists tried today to block the destruction of 15 homes built illegally on Palestinian land, after a court ordered them demolished.

All Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law, which Israel ignores, but the Supreme Court ruled that a technicality meant these houses were also illegal under domestic law.

Palestine Liberation Organisation spokesman Wassel Abu Youssef warned that Israel’s illegal settlement programme was continuing despite the court decision, which hinged on the Netiv Ha’avot settlement not receiving authorisation from the Israeli government.

“All settlement is illegal and must be removed. Israel is trying to fool world public opinion by removing some homes here and there while it continues to build settlements,” he said.

The owners of the destroyed homes are set to be compensated and rehoused by the Israeli government in another illegal settlement on nearby Palestinian land, with the remaining houses granted legal status.

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