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Jerusalem: Religious Buildings

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL1819, tabled on 24 February 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to protect the status of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the freedom of Muslims to worship at that site.

Answered on

9 March 2020

The holy sites of Jerusalem hold particular significance for many groups around the globe, especially the three Abrahamic faiths of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The UK is committed to working with all parties to maintain calm, avoid provocation and uphold the Status Quo in order to ensure the safety and security of Al Haram Al Sharif/Temple Mount and all who worship and visit there. We support the freedom of Muslims to worship at Al Haram Al Sharif. In our meetings with the Israeli authorities we regularly raise the need to respect the status quo of the holy sites in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv did so most recently on 16 October 2019.