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Jerusalem: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL1896, tabled on 25 February 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the reported closure of a Palestinian bakery in East Jerusalem that supplied food to worshippers attending the Al Asqa mosque.

Answered on

9 March 2020

While we have not made any representations on this specific case, the UK is committed to working with all parties to maintain calm, avoid provocation and uphold the status quo to ensure the safety and the security of the Al Haram Al Sharif / Temple Mount and all who worship there. In our meetings with the Israeli authorities we regularly raise the need to respect the status quo of the holy sites in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv last raised this issue with the Israeli authorities on 16 October 2019.