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The Knesset's Constitutional, Justice, and Law Committee approved a bill that could restrict the Supreme Court's ability to order the demolition of Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria.

The bill, which was shepherded through the legislative process by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home), requires Palestinian Arabs involved in land disputes on planning and building issues with Jews in Judea and Samaria to turn first to the Jerusalem District Court rather than immediately appeal to the High Court of Justice.

Currently, all property disputes in Judea and Samaria are brought to the Supreme Court, which has frequently ruled against Israeli residents in Judea and Samaria. The significance of the move is that petitions filed by leftist organizations and Arabs claiming land ownership will have to meet the rigorous standards of veracity required by the local courts that are not required by the Supreme Court.

The committee's decision to approve the bill means that it will now proceed to the Knesset, where it is expected to pas the three readings required to become law.

Shaked has said in the past that the bill has three major components. The first is the normalization of the legal status of Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria. The second is the end to the discrimination that is applied to residents of Judea and Samaria who do not "merit" like the other residents of the state to settle land disputes in district and magistrate courts for regular civil and criminal cases. The third effect of the bill would reduce the burden on the Supreme Court, which today deals with about 2,000 proceedings on this matter alone per year, hundreds of which are filed by Palestinian Arabs who have appealed against demolition orders for illegal construction.

Jewish Home MK Bezalel Smotrich expressed satsifacation after the legislation was advanced, contending that the bill ends the discrimination that Judea and Samaria residents face during land disputes with Palestinian Arabs.

"This law normalizes life in Judea and Samaria....the main part of the law is that it distances these rights from the High Court of Justice," he said. "The High Court has proven to be political and out of touch. We are significantly decreasing the threat of homes in Judea and Samaria and that is why the Left is screaming and shouting."