Members of the Israeli Ziv family are seen in their kitchen in the Jewish settler outpost of Amona in the West Bank, November 22, 2016. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
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On a hilltop in the occupied West Bank, Israeli teenagers are hammering stakes into the earth and erecting tent frames, preparing the ground for a confrontation with Israeli security forces.It is considered an illegal "outpost" under Israeli law and the Supreme Court has ruled it must be demolished by Dec. 25 .As the deadline approaches and the 330 people living on the hill hunker down for battle, their supporters in Israel's Parliament are pushing for a new law that would legalize Amona and dozens of other outposts scattered across land which Palestinians hope will be part of their own independent state.As well as the formal settlements, which Israel fully supports, settlers have established more than 100 outposts.The battle over Amona, the largest outpost, has dragged on for eight years, during which time the community has expanded to 200 children.In 2006 Amona saw a violent eviction, with nine shacks torn down by Israeli authorities.Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now has called the bill "a grand land robbery" that would lead to the expropriation of 8,000 dunums (800 hectares) of private Palestinian land.
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