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The Meaning of the Jerusalem Lynching
Israeli Organizations and Institutions:
The Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies
A think tank for research & ideas on Jerusalem, environmental and innovational policy in Israel, and management of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The official website of the Jerusalem Municipality
Including information about tourism, events, archeology, maps, history, and the mayor’s plans for the city

Ancient Maps of Jerusalem
A joint project of the Jewish National and University Library and the Department of Geography, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the site contains maps of Jerusalem, and basic information concerning the map-makers and the history of cartography in Jerusalem)


B’tselem – the Israeli Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
Israel’s preeminent human rights monitoring and advocacy group, covering issues across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

ACRI – the Association for Civil Rights in Israel
Israel’s preeminent body defending civil rights of all Israel’s residents, including in East Jerusalem.

BIMKOM – Planners for Planning Rights
An Israeli non-profit organization formed in 1999 by a group of planners and architects, in order to strengthen democracy and human rights in the field of planning, including in East Jerusalem.

Hamoked – Center for the Defense of the Individual
An Israeli human rights organization assisting Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem whose rights are violated by Israeli occupation.

Eyes on the Ground in East Jerusalem (Hagit Ofran)
Blog belonging to Hagit Ofran, director of Peace Now’s Settlement Watch project, following East Jerusalem developments.

ICAHD – International Committee Against Home Demolitions
A a non-violent, direct-action organization established in 1997 to resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories, including East Jerusalem.

The Jerusalem Intercultural Center (JICC)
Founded in 1999 to assist all of Jerusalem’s residents, from diverse identities, in becoming responsible, active partners in shaping the city’s future and the development of their communities.

Ir Amim
An Israeli NGO founded in 2004 by Daniel Seidemann, working to render Jerusalem a more viable and equitable city for the Israelis and Palestinians who share it.

Emek Shaveh – Alternative Archeology
An organization of archaeologists and community activists focusing on the role of archaeology, including in Jerusalem, in Israeli society and in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Emek-Shaveh members are dedicated to changing the approach that views ruins of the past as tools in the service of a national struggle, and oppose attempts to use archaeological finds to legitimize acts that harm disadvantaged communities.

Just Jerusalem – Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity
An Israeli NGO fighting settlement activities in Sheikh Jarrah and other parts of East Jerusalem.

The Sustainable Jerusalem Coalition
An coalition of organizations advocating for policy to fill the void created by the ongoing planning anarchy in Jerusalem and to provide a realistic framework for sustainable development of the city, based on a comprehensive vision for the future of the city, formulated by its residents and with the input of professional planners.

Peace Now – Shalom Achshav
Israel’s grassroots peace movement, engaging in education and advocacy in support of ending the occupation and achieving a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including in Jerusalem. The site includes maps and other info regarding settlement in East Jerusalem.

Settlers/Right-Wing Advocacy Groups

An organization established post-Camp David for the explicit purpose of stopping any division of Jerusalem in the context of any peace agreement.

City of David (aka Elad, aka Ir David)
Website of the settler organization Elad and advertising its activities in Silwan.

Beit Orot
Website of the Beit Orot settlement and yeshiva on the Mount of Olives, supported in large part by Irving Moskowitz.

Yeshiva Ateret Yerushalayim
Website of the main settler yeshiva based in the Old City’s Muslim Quarter (referred to on the website as the “so-called ‘Moslem’ Quarter.”, led by Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, a leading pro-settler rabbi.

American Friends of Ateret Cohanim
English-language website of the Ateret Cohanim organization, for decades the leading Israeli organization behind settlement activity in the Muslim Quarter and in recent years in areas adjacent to the Old City.

Israel Land Fund
An Israeli non-profit organization dedicated to “Reclaiming the Land of Israel for the People of Israel,” including in East Jerusalem.

The Temple Mount and Eretz Yisrael Faithful Movement – Jerusalem
An organization dedicated to “Liberating the Temple Mount from Arab (Islamic) occupation” and the rebuilding of Third Temple on the site where the Dome of the Rock and the al Aqsa Mosque currently stand.

Palestinian Organizations

The Institute of Jerusalem Studies
The Jerusalem branch of the Institute for Palestine Studies (IPS), established in 1995 in Jerusalem (moved to Ramallah in the year 2003 due to Israeli restrictions on movement), with the main objective of producing scholarship in English and Arabic on the city of Jerusalem.

PASSIA – Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs
An organization founded in 1987 by a group of Palestinian academics and intellectuals in Jerusalem seeking to present the Palestinian Question in its national, Arab and international contexts through academic research, dialogue and publication. hosts regular workshops which address different but inter-connected problems concerning Jerusalem such as access to information, holy sites, Israeli settlement, and viable future municipal arrangements as capital for the two States.

Al Quds Virtual Tours
A partnership between the Centre for Jerusalem Studies and ARIJ, the site aims to share Jerusalem with all those who would like to visit the city, yet either far away or today may be denied entry.

ARIJ – The Applied Research Institute, Jerusalem Society
An organization working to promote sustainable development in the occupied Palestinian territories and the self-reliance of the Palestinian people through greater control over their natural resources, including in East Jerusalem.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan
The website of the residents and activists of the Wadi Hilweh section of Silwan, which is the focus of the efforts of Israeli settler groups, with constantly updated news about settlement activity, arrests, and harassment of community activists and leaders in Silwan and neighboring areas.

International organizations

Conflict in Cities and the Contested State
A British NGO focusing on divided cities – including Jerusalem – as key sites in territorial conflicts over state and national identities, cultures and borders.

Jerusalem Old City Initiative
A project based at the University of Windsor (Canada), seeking to develop creative options for the governance and management of the Old City of Jerusalem in preparation for a negotiated settlement between Israelis and Palestinians.

The Center for Middle East Peace
The S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace is a leading expert on the border issue related to the Middle East conflict, at times helping decision makers make informed decisions about the borders. Over the past few years, the Center has contributed to the development of an extensive map database, covering the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

The Foundation for Middle East Peace
A Washington, DC-based foundation dedicated to promoting, through various activities, a just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that brings peace and security to both peoples, including in Jerusalem. The website is includes population statistics dating back decades.

Americans for Peace Now
The American sister organization to the Israeli Peace Now movement, APN engages in advocacy and provides information and analysis related to settlements in East Jerusalem, often in partnership with Terrestrial Jerusalem.

Lara Friedman’s Blog on the APN Website
Lara writes regularly about developments in East Jerusalem, often in partnership with Daniel Seidemann.