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The HCJ cancelled the Regulation Law for legalizing expropriation of private lands in the West Bank: “The Law does not meet the test of proportionality and is therefore unconstitutional”

On June 9, 2020, with a majority of eight to one justices, the High Court of Justice (HCJ) cancelled the Judea and Samaria Settlement Regulation Law, enacted to retroactively legalize the expropriation of private Palestinian lands in the West Bank. The HCJ ruled the law caused disproportionate harm to Palestinians’ rights to equality and property. The judgment was issued in two petitions challenging the Law, one filed by Adalah, the other by Yesh Din and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, on behalf of heads of local council in the West Bank and various human rights organizations, among them HaMoked.

Exceptionally, the Attorney General sided with the petitioners’ position and refused to represent the state, which was therefore represented by a private attorney. (02) 627 1698   (02) 627 6317

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