The Arab Thought Forum (ATF) is committed to the belief that state structures must be developed to serve and be responsive to an active and critical public, which is conscious of its obligations and duties, as well as its rights and entitlements
The initiative which started in 2006 is part of the “Civic Coalition for Defending the Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem.” The Coalition includes the ATF and different human rights organizations in Jerusalem; the ATF‘s specific duty last year was to produce two studies: one on house demolition and the other on the silent deporting of citizens, both in Jerusalem. The reports aim to provide in depth analysis of the Israeli practices in Jerusalem against the Palestinian citizens through composition about Jerusalemite displacement and home demolitions. The reports will produced in both Arabic and English, the Arabic draft has already been submitted for final review and publication.
The Israeli policies in Jerusalem are documented so as to be used in lobbying against Israeli violations. Two reports about Jerusalemite displacement have been issued in cooperation with the Civic Coalition for Defending the Palestinians’ Rights in Jerusalem. Citizens‘ Guidelines were produced to help Jerusalem citizens avoid the Israeli measures used against them.