Ir Amim is a non-profit organisation that seeks to render Jerusalem a more equitable and sustainable city for the Israelis and Palestinians who share it.
Ir Amim ("City of Nations or "City of Peoples") was founded in 2000, and became active as a non-profit organisation in 2004. It focuses on Jerusalem within the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Ir Amim seeks to render Jerusalem a more equitable and sustainable city for the Israelis and Palestinians who share it. Ir Amim envisions a city that ensures the dignity and welfare of all its residents and that safeguards their holy places, as well as their historical and cultural heritages - today, as well as in the future. Ir Amim also aspires to a sustainable political future for Jerusalem, achievable only through a negotiated process between Israel and the Palestinians. In order to achieve its vision, Ir Amim uses the following 3-pronged strategy:
- Ongoing monitoring, policy and legal advocacy, and exposure of key developments in order to halt harmful government actions - that impede equitability, undermine Jerusalem’s stability, or threaten to derail negotiations on final status issues (e.g. settlements, land expropriations).
- Exposing the Israeli public and targeted groups to the realities and ramifications of current government policies in Jerusalem and re-orienting the public discourse on Jerusalem via study tours, media work, briefings, and educational programmes.
- Working together with a Palestinian NGO to design, propose and quietly catalyse several Palestinian socio-economic institutions in East Jerusalem. Ir Amim also works independently with Palestinian community-based civil society organisations, by providing capacity-building support and advice.