The Ir Amim blog seeks to establish a vibrant and open meeting space to discuss Jerusalem. Through our "Voices From Jerusalem" posts and our official organizational posts, we aim to illuminate little-seen aspects of life in Jerusalem for the Palestinians and Israelis, for Jews, Christians and Muslims who share the city; and who live their lives confounded by the ongoing conflict over the city. We seek to air a wide range of hopes, fears and aspirations held by Jerusalemites, and those who care about its future. We aim to generate a deeper awareness of the multi-layered issues in Jerusalem; and to stimulate an exchange of thoughts, feelings, experiences, analyses and beliefs.
We launch this blog out of a commitment to help Jerusalem relinquish its well-rehearsed role in igniting the Palestinian / Israeli confrontation, and become instead a fulcrum for resolving the conflict. Please join us on this journey.
About Ir Amim
Ir Amim (“City of Nations” or “City of Peoples”) is an Israeli non-profit, non-partisan organization 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.
Bearing in mind the symbolic and actual status of Jerusalem as a city of two peoples and three religions, as well as the city's pivotal role in reaching a political agreement, Ir Amim aspires to a stable Jerusalem, equitably shared by the two peoples; 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.
Ir Amim offers its knowledge and expertise concerning the political, economic and social conditions in Jerusalem to a range of organizations and individuals, including governmental and municipal authorities who deal with the management of the city, and Track II parties who examine the sustainability of possible political arrangements.
Ir Amim has ongoing working relations with the Palestinian community in Jerusalem, as well as with key players in the international community active in Jerusalem issues.