Saturday, March 7, 2009

Ir Amim Works for Equitable and Stabel Jerusalem

There are many Jewish organizations in Israel that are working to stop constuction of Israeli settlements on Arab lands. They do this because the settlements interfere with a future two-state solution and they fear that the settlements destabilize Israeli society. Ir
Amim ("city of nations") is one of these organizations. Their non-profit organization is "founded in order to actively engage in those issues impacting on Israeli-Palestinian relations in Jerusalem and on the political future of the city. Ir Amim seeks to render Jerusalem a more viable and equitable city, while generating and promoting a more politically sustainable future." They seek to maintain Jerusalem as a city of "two peoples and three religions."

Ir Amim is involved in:
  • Monitoring and exposing critical developments in Jerusalem, and informing / alerting target audiences in Israel and in the world.
  • Legal advocacy aimed at halting or mitigating unilateral actions that harm the fabric of life in Jerusalem, and create obstacles to reaching an agreed-upon future for the city and the region.
  • Policy advocacy with decision makers, both local and international.
  • Public outreach and media work aimed at raising awareness of developments in the city and understanding of their local and global significance. Activities include study tours of East Jerusalem, professional seminars and public events.
  • Strengthening, and working with, civil society organizations in East Jerusalem to advance a more equitable Jerusalem.

One more group working for peace and justice, walking with the Palestinians who have lived in East Jerusalem for many years, whose homes are threatened by the continuing construction of Israeli settlement in this Arab area. Read more about their work:

Their map showing Israeli settlement-building in the Old City of Jerusalem:

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