Ir Amim (
; "City of Peoples
" or "City of Nations
") is an Israeli non-profit organization founded in 2004 that focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Jerusalem. It seeks to ensure the "dignity and welfare of all its residents and that safeguards their holy places, as well as their historical and cultural heritages"
According to Ir Amim's website, funders have included the Ford Foundation, the EU, New Israel Fund, Moriah Fund, Open Society Institute, Norway, the British Embassy, Czech Republic, and the Netherlands . According to NGO Monitor
, a self-described monitor of Israeli civil society, foreign government funding constituted about 67% of the total budget (~ 4 million NIS) in 2007.
Ir Amim works from several angles to further its goals:
Legal and Governmental Policy Activity
Ir Amim regularly provides information to Knesset members and members of the Jerusalem Municipal Government about actions in East Jerusalem that they believe to undermine Jerusalem's stability, impede equitability amongst residents, or threaten the possibility for future final-status negotiations in Jerusalem (such as settlement building in Palestinian neighborhoods). The organization also brings cases to the Supreme and Municipal courts on topics such as building permits and social services in East Jerusalem.
Monitoring and Reporting
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