Israel: Cemeteries

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 2nd July 2020.

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Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on the recent bulldozing of a historic Muslim cemetery in Jaffa.

Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on the desecration of Muslim cemeteries in order to build housing projects.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

We have not made representations on this incident. The UK acknowledges the importance of preserving religious sites, including cemeteries. That is why defending Freedom of Religion or Belief, and promoting respect between different communities, is a human rights policy priority for the UK.

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