Escalation of violence in Jerusalem: Switzerland reiterates call for calm to all parties

Press releases, 10.05.2021

The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) is very concerned about the escalation of violence in Jerusalem, particularly on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount and in Sheikh Jarrah. On 3 May, the FDFA called for calm in these fragile times, and today calls again on all parties to take immediate action to defuse the tension.

The escalation of violence in the Middle East is a matter of great concern, including clashes on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount in Jerusalem which have left many people injured in recent days. The FDFA calls on all parties to act immediately to defuse the tension and to refrain from inflammatory actions or statements. Evictions of Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah and other parts of East Jerusalem – which are in contravention of international humanitarian law – are further fuelling tensions.

The FDFA has stated that the preservation of the historical status quo on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount and the peaceful coexistence of all residents of Jerusalem must be guaranteed in accordance with international law.

The search for a negotiated two-state solution in accordance with international law and internationally agreed parameters is one of the priorities of the Federal Council's MENA Strategy 2021–24. Switzerland remains at the disposal of the parties to facilitate the resumption of dialogue.