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Jerusalem: Palestinians

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL101, tabled on 11 May 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to protect Palestinians from being evicted from their homes in Sheik Jarrah, East Jerusalem, to make way for Israeli settlers.

Answered on

25 May 2021

The UK regularly raises forced evictions of Palestinians from property with the Government of Israel. The Fourth Geneva Convention, which applies to all occupied territories, prohibits demolitions or forced evictions absent military necessity. The UK is clear that in all but the most exceptional of circumstances, evictions are contrary to International Humanitarian Law. The practice causes unnecessary suffering to Palestinians and is harmful to efforts to promote peace.

The Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa tweeted on the 8 May outlining our concern over tensions in Jerusalem linked to the threatened eviction of Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah. We continue to urge Israel to cease such actions. UK Officials at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv continue to raise the issue regularly with the Israeli Authorities.