A picture taken on October 2, 2016 shows a general view of an Israeli building site of new housing units in the Jewish settlement of Shilo in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. / AFP / AHMAD GHARABLI
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Palestinian leaders Monday denounced an Israeli bill to legalize several thousand Jewish homes in the occupied West Bank, vowing to take up the issue at the U.N. Security Council.A committee of Israeli ministers adopted the two bills Sunday, though they must still be approved by parliament.It was drafted in response to a court order requiring the Israeli outpost of Amona, which includes about 40 families, to be evacuated by December 25 because it was built on private Palestinian land.The bill would allow for the legalization of settlement homes built on private Palestinian land in communities that meet certain criteria.The bill is expected to apply to between 2,000 and 3,000 homes in the West Bank.
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