Jerusalem: Palestinians

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 23rd November 2021.

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Photo of Baroness Janke Baroness Janke Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they have made to the government of Israel about the future status of Palestinians living in East Jerusalem, following the Supreme Court of Israel ruling that Palestinians living they will have “protected tenant” status for no more than two further generations.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The Supreme Court 'protected tenant' proposal relates to an eviction case against four families resident in Sheikh Jarrah. We remain opposed to the eviction of Palestinians from their homes, and regularly make clear our concerns to the Israeli authorities and the Municipality of Jerusalem, both bilaterally and in co-operation with like-minded diplomatic partners. The Fourth Geneva Convention, which applies to all occupied territories, including East Jerusalem, prohibits demolitions or forced evictions absent military necessity. Our position on the status of Jerusalem has not changed: it should be determined in a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and should ultimately be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian states.

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