Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch, said:

“I deplore the recent violent unrest that we have seen in Sheikh Jarrah, and I join Ministers in calling on Israel to work with local communities to avert further violence and to facilitate a calm and speedy de-escalation.

“I know FCDO ministers are well aware of the situation. 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 8 April to reiterate the UK’s opposition to the practice, and other officials from the Consulate have continued to make regular visits to at risk areas in question.

“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.

“Regarding the suggestion about the imposition of sanctions. I hope you can understand that I can’t speculate on potential future designations as to do so could undermine their impact. I know that the FCDO keeps all relevant evidence under constant review.”