Jerusalem: Palestinians

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered at on 20 March 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they are making to the government of Israel concerning reports of discrimination against Palestinians living in East Jerusalem who pay municipal taxes to Israel but receive fewer municipal and emergency services.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

We regularly make clear to the Israeli authorities and the Municipality of Jerusalem our serious concerns about the situation in East Jerusalem, both bilaterally and in co-operation with EU partners. These concerns include the evictions of Palestinians and demolition of Palestinian property; the construction of illegal Israeli settlements; removal of residency rights from Palestinians; possible unilateral changes to the municipal borders; and severe difficulties of access to Jerusalem for Palestinians from the West Bank or those residents of Jerusalem who live beyond the Separation Barrier.

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