Israeli cabinet approves bill compensating Gaza settlers

The Israeli cabinet Sunday approved a bill that will allow the government to compensate Jewish settlers who lose their homes under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's proposed Gaza withdrawal plan. The bill allows the Israeli government to issue evacuation orders to Jewish settlers living in the Gaza Strip, and includes provisions that will jail resistors for up to five years. Some 1,500 families (9,000 settlers) are expected to be affected by the plan, and under the bill will be eligible for up to $300,000 in compensation. BBC News has more. JURIST's Paper Chase has background on the Gaza withdrawal plan.

 

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