Israel has passed a controversial bill retroactively legalising thousands of settler homes built on privately owned Palestinian Land in the Occupied West Bank, drawing widespread anger by Palestinian leaders and rights groups.

The Israeli Knesset voted 60 to 52 to approve the contentious bill despite warnings by the government’s own top lawyer who had previously called it unconstitutional.

The Palestine Liberation Organisation slammed the new law as a means to “Legalise Theft” of Palestinian Land.

“Israeli Human Rights group have also reacted saying that this law is unconstitutional and it amounts to little more than a land grab.”

International Law considers all settlements to be illegal, but Israel distinguishes between those it sanctions and those it does not, dubbed outposts.