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The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute has been appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since ALF inception.

Founded in 1959 by the Van Leer family from the Netherlands, the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute is based on the vision of Israel as both a homeland for the Jewish people and a democratic society predicated on justice, fairness and equality for all its residents. For this reason, it was nominated the Head of the Israeli Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation.

The Institute's work is designed to enhance ethnic and cultural understanding, ameliorate social tensions, empower civil society players and promote democratic values through Mediterranean and Israeli-Palestinian cooperation.

To date, most members of the Isreali Network work in the areas of education, youth, arts, democracy, human rights, gender issues, media and research.

The Foundation provides logistical and operational support to the National Network in Israel  through the NCS funding scheme.