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Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Tulip Siddiq condemns violence towards worshippers at al-Aqsa mosque and calls on Israel to defuse tensions


Responding to a constituent troubled by events in East Jerusalem, Tulip Siddiq, MP for  Hampstead & Kilburn made the following statement:

 Thank you very much for writing to me about the appalling violence and unlawful eviction of Palestinian residents in East Jerusalem. 

I share your deep concern at the violence taking place in East Jerusalem and the attempts to evict Palestinians from their homes by Israeli settlers. Such evictions are a breach of international law and the Israeli authorities must step in immediately to bring this to an end.

I strongly condemn the violence towards worshippers who were attempting to celebrate Ramadan peacefully outside the al-Aqsa mosque. The Israeli authorities have a responsibility to defuse tensions in Jerusalem and ensure religious rights are upheld and holy sites protected.

I will be working closely with the Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy MP and my other Labour colleagues to ensure that this message is heard and that UK Government Ministers are clear with their Israeli counterparts that they must bring an end to the violence and evictions taking place in East Jerusalem.

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