I share your concern about the violence we have witnessed in Jerusalem and beyond in recent weeks. My thoughts are with all those affected, especially the families of those civilians killed.
From the outset, the UK was clear that violence against peaceful worshippers at the al-Aqsa mosque was unacceptable. The Status Quo in Jerusalem is important at all times, especially during religious festivals such as Ramadan, and the UK was proactive in encouraging all to maintain calm, avoid provocation and uphold the safety and security of Al Haram Al Sharif/Temple Mount and all who worship there. I am assured that the UK will continue to do so.
The UK is clear that evictions of Palestinians from their homes causes unnecessary suffering to ordinary Palestinians, calls into question Israel's commitment to a viable two-state solution and, in all but the most exceptional of cases, are contrary to International Humanitarian Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention. I join Ministers in calling for them to cease with immediate effect.
The UK regularly makes clear our concerns about the evictions of Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem to the Israeli authorities and the Municipality of Jerusalem, both bilaterally and in co-operation with like-minded diplomatic partners.
The UK Ambassador in Tel Aviv has raised this issue with the Israeli Authorities, as has the Minister of State, James Cleverly, with the Israeli Ambassador in London. The British Consul General to Jerusalem visited families at risk of eviction in Sheikh Jarrah on the 3rd of May to reiterate the UK's opposition to the practice. The UK has also made our position clear on the world stage, such as at the UN Security Council, Human Rights Council and General Assembly in recent weeks.
The current threat to communities in Sheikh Jarrah is allayed for now, but I join my ministerial colleagues in urging Israel to cease such actions permanently.