Jerusalem: Churches

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 3rd April 2018.

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Photo of The Bishop of Southwark The Bishop of Southwark Bishop

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 15 March (HL5986), whether they have made representations to the government of Israel that the bank accounts of churches in Jerusalem should be unfrozen as part of the process of mediating the dispute between the churches, the government of Israel, and the Municipality of Jerusalem.

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

We welcomed the Israeli Government’s announcement that the draft legislation and tax collecting activities will be suspended to allow dialogue to take place, and the commitment given to maintaining freedom of religion. We expect all Church bank accounts to be unfrozen by the Municipality as part of the process of mediating the dispute, and continue to raise this with the relevant Israeli authorities.

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