Israel: Palestinians

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 14th June 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Independent Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the decision made prior to any court ruling to evict Palestinians from their homes in Silwan to enable Israeli settlers to move in.

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

We regularly raise our concerns about the situation in East Jerusalem to the Israeli authorities, both bilaterally and in co-operation with EU partners. While we have not raised the specific issue of evictions from Silwan, we are clear that demolitions and evictions of Palestinians from their homes cause unnecessary suffering to ordinary Palestinians; call into question Israel’s commitment to a viable two-state solution; and, in all but the most exceptional of cases, are contrary to International Humanitarian Law. The Minister for the Middle East and North Africa (Alistair Burt) visited the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah on 29 May and met a Palestinian family at imminent risk of eviction from their home.

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