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    Israel Suspends Law Legalizing West Bank Settlements

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    Israel's High Court of Justice suspended a law on Thursday that retroactively legalized almost 4,000 Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, local media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the Times of Israel newspaper, the so-called Regulation Law has been suspended for two months.

    The Israeli parliament, Knesset, in February legalized settlements that had been built illegally by Israelis on the private Palestinian lands in the West Bank, prompting international criticism and calls for sanctions against Israel from the Palestinians.

    Over 500,000 Jewish settlers live in the West Bank, including in East Jerusalem, according to United Nations figures. The outposts are considered illegal by the United Nations, and the West Bank is deemed an occupied territory by the International Court of Justice. It has been administered by Israel since the 1967 war.

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