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.
Last updated: December 2013
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:
  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Ir Amim’s work in these fields has earned it a reputation as a reliable, dedicated and insightful organisation – in the eyes of Israeli and international policy makers and opinion-shapers, and members of the Israeli public.

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