The Israeli district court of occupied Jerusalem has approved a plan to legalize 2.000 unauthorized settlement units in West Bank, according to Al Ray.

Haartez Israeli daily explained in a report, on Sunday, that Israeli occupation authorities seek to legalize about 40 unauthorized settlement units in the Eli Zahav settlement, near the West Bank town of Kafr al-Dik, west of Salfit.

It further explained that Israeli authorities have started implementing a new policy to organize illegal settlement units built on Palestinian lands retroactively, and allocating these lands for building settlements after being deemed “state land”.

According to the newspaper, the new mechanism is based on article No. 5 of the military orders of 1967, relating to government property in the West Bank.

The judge of the court stated that the article No.5 will be applied to lands located inthe  Eli Zahaf settlement. The paper reported that the blue line (state land) must be amended accordingly, and that the settlers may exercise their full rights in the lands they have purchased in accordance with the legal status and blue line that existed when the land was purchased.

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