British Government’s Current Position: Status of Palestinians in East Jerusalem

Question by Baroness Sheehan (Lib Dem) on 22nd November 2021 (HL4299)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they plan to make to the government of Israel about the use of skunk water to disperse gatherings of Palestinians at the Damascus Gate in East Jerusalem.

Answer from Lord Ahmad on 6th December 2021

We repeatedly call on Israel to abide by its obligations under international law and have a regular dialogue with Israel on legal issues relating to the occupation. We also urge the Israeli Government to respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of peaceful, legal protestors.

Question Asked by Baroness Janke (Lib Dem) on 9 November 2021 (HL3883)

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.

Answer from Lord Ahmad (Conservative) on 23rd November 2021

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.

Q From Baroness Sheehan (Lib Dem) on 3rd November 2021 (HL3698)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made, if any, to the government of Israel in relation to reports of the use by Israeli forces of (1) tear gas, and (2) sound bombs, against people trying to protect the graves at the Palestinian al-Yusufiyah cemetery in East Jerusalem on 27 June.

A from Lord Ahmad on 16th November 2021

We repeatedly call on Israel to abide by its obligations under international law and have a regular dialogue with Israel on legal issues relating to the occupation. We continue to stress the importance of the Israeli security forces providing appropriate protection to the Palestinian civilian population.

Q Asked by Baroness Tonge (Independent) 28 January 2019

Department for International Development: Jerusalem: Palestinians. HL13185

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to protect the rights of those Palestinians in East Jerusalem whose refugee status has been threatened by the withdrawal of funding to UNRWA by the government of the United States.

A Answered by: Lord Bates (Conservatives) on 11 February 2019

We are concerned about the impact on UNRWA’s activities whenever unexpected reductions occur. Last year the UK led international efforts to help ensure UNRWA’s essential services were maintained, by almost doubling our original core support of £33.5 million to £65.5 million in total, including £5 million for Gaza, and lobbying other donors to step up to ensure the funding burden is shared more evenly across the international community. Both the UK and UNRWA recognise the need for UNRWA to reform to ensure its sustainability and ability to provide essential services to refugees. UNRWA has undertaken significant cost-cutting measures to respond to budget cuts and growing need. We welcome UNRWA’s efforts to broaden its donor base and are encouraging partners to step up with more funding and more predictable disbursements. The UK has a multi-year commitment to support UNRWA and we remain firmly committed to supporting UNRWA and Palestinian refugees.

Q Asked by Baroness Tonge (Independent) on 22 January 2019

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Jerusalem: Palestinians. HL13040

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the status of Palestinians in East Jerusalem who have been denied full Israeli citizenship and cannot travel abroad.

A Answered by: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative) 04 February 2019

We regularly make clear our serious concerns about the situation in East Jerusalem to the Israeli authorities and the Municipality of Jerusalem. We remain deeply concerned about restrictions on freedom of movement to and from East Jerusalem.

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