Christianity in the Holy Land APPG

First Registered: 16/12/2020 • Last updated on: 27/01/2021

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To promote the heritage and contemporary role of Christianity in the Holy Land, for it to remain a place where the Christian community contributes to the peace and wellbeing of the whole society, and where Christians continue to live, flourish and thrive.

Note: All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal, cross-party groups formed by MPs and Members of the House of Lords who share a common interest in a particular policy area, region or country. APPGs have no official status within Parliament.


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Recent Documents related to Christianity in the Holy Land

1. "I once again reaffirm our strong support for renewed peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians as soon as possible"
18/12/2017 - Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
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Found: character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect; demanded

2. At this holy time of year, we urge the new mandates to pursue a lasting legacy of peace.
29/04/2019 - Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
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Found: At this holy time of year, we urge the new mandates to pursue

3. "Today I reaffirm our strong support for renewed peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians as soon as possible"
08/12/2017 - Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
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Found: that is based on 1967 borders with agreed and equal land swaps, reflecting both parties’ national and religious

4. Non-licensable Activity Impacts on Marine Protected Areas (MMO1136)
05/11/2019 - Marine Management Organisation (MMO)
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Found: island of Lindisfarne (Holy Island), the SPA includes extensive mudflats south of Holy Island and at Budle

5. Holy See: Promoting dialogue with Judaism
11/03/2017 - Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
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Found: Holy See: Promoting dialogue with Judaism - Case study - GOV.UK

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Christianity in the Holy Land

1. Islam: Tenets
07/12/2017 - Lords Chamber

1: in the land”. So the Koran actually says you can be killed for spreading mischief in the land, which - Speech Link
2: so-called Islamic terrorists have actually read the Holy Koran in detail.What is to be done? We have - Speech Link
3: non-violent traits. That is just as true of Christianity. How could the religion of simple peasants lead - Speech Link
4: would like to emphasise that it is written in the Holy Koran that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has said: “Whoever - Speech Link

2. Tributes to the Speaker’s Chaplain
31/10/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: Queen, she is much loved by her congregation at Holy Trinity church, Dalston, and at All Saints church - Speech Link
2: Member for Glasgow North said, Rose concelebrated the holy mass in the Chapel underneath. The reading was from - Speech Link
3: came to this place, I was made aware that there was holy communion in St Margaret’s church across the way - Speech Link
4: (Stephen Pound) referred to the holy mass. What is the meaning of the word “holy”? Daily, at Prayers, we invoke - Speech Link
5: charm, great style and joyfulness, and great Christianity. She showed great care and sensitivity to us - Speech Link

3. Freedom of Religion or Belief
01/03/2018 - Westminster Hall

1: state at every point in their lives. In Eritrea, holy men and peaceful believers wind up unlawfully imprisoned - Speech Link
2: were raised in other religions and converted to Christianity being subjected to extraordinary abuse, including - Speech Link
3: perhaps via the papal nuncio, will feed back to the Holy See that, in its deliberations with the People’s - Speech Link
4: our ambassador to the Holy See in the past week, and the all-party group on the Holy See is going to the - Speech Link

4. Religious Persecution
11/07/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: that the regime,“considers the spread of Christianity a particularly severe threat”,and that - Speech Link
2: to vulnerable communities of association of Christianity with the West and its foreign policy. Given - Speech Link
3: introduced to the House of Lords, I took my oath with a Holy Koran and quietly started with the word “Bismillah” - Speech Link
4: challenge his justification for the focus on Christianity, which emphasises that,“today the Christian - Speech Link
5: between, say, Islam and the West, Islam and Christianity. They do exist, but on the whole mainstream - Speech Link
6: diverse and rapidly changing communities in our land. Here, faith leaders and grassroots worshippers - Speech Link
7: Fulani attacks as a consequence of population growth, land and water disputes or tit-for-tat clashes between - Speech Link

5. India: Persecution of Minority Groups
12/01/2021 - Westminster Hall

1: and burned their bibles might be able to burn the Holy Bible and the word of God, but they did not in any - Speech Link
2: rights of people of other faiths to convert to Christianity. These Westminster Hall debates may not seem - Speech Link
3: freedom of religion, whether it is Islam or Christianity. I have raised those matters in this House many - Speech Link

6. Islam
19/11/2013 - Grand Committee

1: misguided minority who misinterpret the Koran and the holy texts. They point to verses such as Surah 2, verse - Speech Link
2: that human life was sacred. It is written in the Holy Koran,“whoever kills a human being … it is - Speech Link
3: great Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Islam and Christianity are, at the highest level and local level, examining - Speech Link
4: prejudices and blindness by attributing it to Islam, Christianity or Catholicism.A task force to tackle - Speech Link
5: respect for scholars, women and minorities in any land. It also instructs Muslims to respect other faiths - Speech Link

7. Persecution of Christians and Freedom of Religion or Belief
21/10/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: bullied, arrested, jailed, expelled and executed. Christianity is by most calculations the most persecuted - Speech Link
2: bullied, arrested, jailed, expelled and executed. Christianity is by most calculations the most persecuted - Speech Link
3: Christians. Across the middle east, the birthplace of Christianity, the persecution of Christians is seen at its - Speech Link
4: waging the most severe, systematic suppression of Christianity in that country for decades. In the past few - Speech Link

8. Illegal Seaborne Migration
05/06/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: at a range of tactical options that work on both land and sea. Those attempting to cross should be aware - Speech Link
2: to Christianity. Therefore, I assume that they would have been Muslims converting to Christianity, but - Speech Link

9. Occupied Palestinian Territories
11/03/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: Vatican-mandated Holy Land Coordination, as well as attending other things in the Holy Land. I shall be there - Speech Link

10. Palestinian Territories
07/06/2018 - Lords Chamber

1: illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land, the construction of the wall, routed in places - Speech Link
2: the situation of Palestinians living on their own land resembles a harsh civil rights struggle. Gaza is - Speech Link
3: forcible transfers; illegal settlements on occupied land; the forced evacuation of Palestinian villages such - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Christianity in the Holy Land
1. Jerusalem: Christianity
asked by: Lord Bishop of Southwark
15/03/2018
... and (2) Her Majesty's Government's historic and current responsibilities in maintaining and defending that agreement.

2. Jerusalem: Christianity
asked by: John Hayes
26/06/2020
... what steps he is taking to help ensure that Israel enables Christians from all nations to (a) visit and (b) have access to Holy sites in Jerusalem.

3. Palestinians: Christianity
asked by: Lord Hylton
01/07/2020
... they have received.

4. Jerusalem: Religious Buildings
asked by: Lord Bishop of Southwark
20/11/2017
...To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of recent alleged breaches of the Status Quo of the Holy Land sites in Jerusalem.

5. Jerusalem: Churches
asked by: Baroness Tonge
09/11/2018
...To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the proposal to confiscate land belonging to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Latest Questions
6 Current APPG Officers
Steve Double Portrait
Steve Double
Chair & Registered Contact
Conservative - St Austell and Newquay
Joined: 16th December 2020
Lord Bishop of Southwark Portrait
Lord Bishop of Southwark
Vice Chair
Bishops - Bishops
Joined: 16th December 2020
No other APPG Memberships
Janet Daby Portrait
Janet Daby
Vice Chair
Labour - Lewisham East
Joined: 16th December 2020
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Steve Double MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 4408.

Email: steve.double.mp@parliament.uk

Public Enquiry Point:

Stephen Tunstall, International Community of the Holy Sepulchre, Monometer House, Rectory Grove, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 2HL. Tel: 020 3883 6995

Email: stephen@icohs.org

Secretariat:

International Community of the Holy Sepulchre acts as the group's secretariat. https://www.icohs.org/

Benefits in Kind
Date
30 Nov 2020
Source
International Community of the Holy Sepulchre
Description
Secretariat   From : 30/11/2020 To : 29/11/2021
Value
£4,501

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Christianity in the Holy Land APPG