The Alternative Information Center (AIC) was established in 1984 by Palestinian and Israeli grassroots activists as a binational organisation to promote the human and national rights of the Palestinian people and a just peace for Palestinians and Israelis based on progressive principles and respect for international law. Even prior to the First Intifada, the AIC created and disseminated information and analyses about Palestinian and Israeli societies to and about the other, realising that socioeconomic and cultural processes are no less crucial to understanding and ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than political ones.
The AIC was a local pioneer in the field of human rights, conducting some of the first ever data collection, research and analyses on issues such as Israeli torture of Palestinian prisoners, home demolitions and Palestinian residency rights in Jerusalem, all within their broader social, political, economic and cultural contexts.
One of the most veteran NGOs in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, several human rights and grasroots action groups were created based on the AIC model and which went on to specialise in specific aspects of the AIC’s more comprehensive work.
The AIC is one of the sole joint Palestinian-Israeli organisations in existence, acting as a material bridge and platform for politically responsible cooperation between Palestinians and Israelis and a counter to the prevailing philosophies and practices of separation between the two communities. What has allowed the AIC to continue to exist and even flourish when so many other joint initiatives came and went, is its clear political foundation shared by all its members and on the basis of which all work is conducted:
AIC partners in 2011 include:3F, Associazione Comunita Papa Giovanni XXIII, Ayuntamiento de Xixon through the help of Paz con Dignidad, the Basque Government through the help of Mundubat, the Belgian Government through the help of Solidarite Socialiste, the Catalan Government through the help of Sodepau, Diakonia, Gobierno de Espana – Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperacion through the help of Mundubat, Inter-Church Organisation for Development Cooperation (ICCO), and Junta Castilla-La Manch through the help of ACSUR Las Segovias, and the tens of thousands of activists around the world struggling for a just peace.
The AIC is an internationally oriented, progressive, joint Palestinian-Israeli activist organization. It is engaged in dissemination of information, political advocacy, grassroots activism and critical analysis of the Palestinian and Israeli societies as well as the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
The AIC strives to promote full individual and collective social, economic, political and gender equality, freedom and democracy and a rejection of the philosophy (ideology and praxis) (weltanschauung) of separation.
The most urgent regional task is to find a just solution to the century-old colonial conflict in Palestine and confront the ongoing Israeli occupation-regime within its international framework. The AIC method of action develops from the awareness that local struggle must be practically and analytically situated within the framework of the global justice struggle.
The internal AIC structure and working relationship aims to reflect the above mentioned values.
AIC strategic objectives: