Articles/Op-Eds

Indeed, A Double Standard
05.03.17 / Maariv
Oren Haber: The policies that encourage migration of Palestinian residents beyond the Barrier do not constitute a kind of preferential treatment but rather the opposite; these policies constitute abandonment of the residents without services and proper infrastructure, creating extreme crowding and unregulated, unstable construction that would likely endanger the residents in case of a natural disaster.
25.01.17 / Jerusalem Post
Ir Amim Executive Director: I yearn for the day in which numerous embassies will open in Jerusalem, but only when it is a city of peace. In this city the American flag will fly over two embassies, the American embassy to Israel in west Jerusalem and the American embassy to Palestine in east Jerusalem.
02.09.16 / +972
Aviv Tatarsky: As the Jerusalem municipality is gradually forced to acknowledge a catastrophic shortage of classrooms in the city’s Palestinian districts, it also finds brave new ways to avoid tackling it.
07.08.16 / Newsweek
Ir Amim board member Alon Liel writes: “The recent U.S. condemnation [of Israeli settlement expansion] is anything but overstated; it is an indication of mounting global concern over the imminent extinction of the two state solution. In the next six months, until January 20, 2017, the window for saving it remains open, albeit narrowly.”
04.08.16 / Jerusalem Post
Ir Amim Executive Director: The escalation in Israel’s unilateral actions in east Jerusalem is evident in almost every realm, and all branches of government are parties to it… The drive to push the Palestinian presence out of Jerusalem – either by direct action or by engaging in practices that render it unseen – is implemented every day.
07.07.16 / +972
In Jerusalem, construction of Jewish neighborhoods continues unabated, while Palestinians are still struggling for basic infrastructure. Aviv Tatarsky: In the past few years the state has not approved a single, detailed master plan for the city’s Palestinian neighborhoods, while it approves plans for 10,000 housing units in Israeli neighborhoods.
14.04.16 / +972
Israeli authorities destroy three homes in al-Walajeh, a village that was partially annexed to Jerusalem, yet has been totally neglected by the municipality.
01.04.16 / Ynet
Ir Amim Executive Director: Jerusalem does not need more threats of closures and barriers but rather a policy of hope that recognizes the deep-seated connection of both peoples to the city and their right to lead lives of prosperity and dignity under any political constellation.
19.03.16 / +972
Aviv Tatarsky: It is welcome news that the long-awaited cameras will finally be installed soon. The bad news is that they don’t even touch the root of the problem — restrictions on Muslim worshippers accessing Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount.
07.02.16 / Haaretz
​Ir Amim Executive Director: Unilateral separation from Palestinian neighborhoods in Jerusalem would disrupt delicate balance in the city and set it on fire. 
23.11.15 / Jerusalem Post
A clear vision for the future of our city demands that we reject divisive policies and support those that contribute to a more just and sustainable city.
14.11.15 / +972
Ir Amim Executive Director: PM Netanyahu’s proposal to revoke the residency status of 100,000 East Jerusalemites is met with silent complicity from Israel’s self-appointed “democratic” camp.
21.10.15 / +972
These walls have already built unseen fences of hatred and will continue to exist in our midst as a malignant poison. Where we have built walls, we will have to build even higher and higher walls.
14.10.15 / Walla! NEWS
The checkpoints will not stop a determined attacker with a knife. He will find an opening to slip through. Conversely, the disruption of Palestinians’ freedom of movement will only heighten the sense of rage, giving rise to more terror attacks. It would be best for us to return to the only real solution: A Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital
04.08.15 / +972
It is no accident that eight Palestinian neighborhoods of Jerusalem wound up beyond the separation barrier. Since annexing Jerusalem in 1967, Israel has manipulated migratory trends toward an unstated goal: absorbing the land without the people.
21.03.15 / +972
The Sub Laban family has been living in the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City for over 60 years. Now, a right-wing settler group is trying to expel them, with the full support of the state.