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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL3972, tabled on 7 January 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority towards achieving access to the Noble Sanctuary in Jerusalem, and other historic sites, for Palestinians in the West Bank and more widely for visitors from the Middle East and the rest of the world.

Answered on

19 January 2015

We have made representations to the Government of Israel that it is vital that the longstanding status quo in respect of access to Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif, and other historic sites, be preserved. We raised the issue of access restrictions numerous times with the Israeli authorities between September and November last year. Since the middle of November, Muslims of all ages have been allowed to worship at Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif. We have also lobbied the Israeli authorities on the wider issues of movement and access of Palestinians between Jerusalem and the West Bank.