“Ir-Amim” will be conducting a study tour in English in occupied East Jerusalem, on Friday, October 19. The organization’s study tours provide ground-level exposure to East Jerusalem, creating a platform for critically assessing the idea of Jerusalem as the “eternal, undivided capital of Israel” and understanding the city’s fundamental role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The mission of “Ir-Amim” (“City of Nations” or “City of Peoples”) is to render Jerusalem a more equitable and sustainable city for the Israelis and Palestinians who share it, and to help secure a negotiated resolution on the city through sustained monitoring, reporting, public and legal advocacy, public education and outreach to re-orient the public discourse on Jerusalem.
The tour route runs through East Jerusalem neighborhoods and utilizes key observation points to “provide context for understanding how developing facts on the ground affects the future of a secure, democratic Israeli state.” Participants learn about the formation of the city’s borders, the impacts of building and construction and other policies influencing both daily life in the city and its political future: socio-economic disparities between East and West Jerusalem; security, political and humanitarian consequences of the Separation Barrier; and the geo-political ramifications of settlement building, road construction, and the establishment of national parks and tourist settlement.
The meeting point for the tour is the parking lot of Gan Hapa’amon (Liberty Bell Park) in Jerusalem. The tour, by bus with a number of stops at observation points, will begin at 9:00 am and last about four hours. Participation is free of charge but is limited to persons age 18 and above.
For more details and registration: http://www.ir-amim.org.il/en/node/2238