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Round Table Discussions convened in 2005

The Activist Meetings encourage pluralism in the Palestinian political system. For the past nine years, the Arab Thought Forum has brought key leaders of Palestinian political parties to participate in a round table discussion moderated by the Arab Thought Forum Director, Abdel Rahman Abu Arafeh. Activist Meetings or the Round Table Discussions invite participants with specific interest and/or experience in a prioritized topic and facilitates in-depth discussions, the sharing of ideas and information, and the development of pertinent recommendations. As a result of these meetings, position papers are developed and published in the ATF journal to reach a wider audience.

Each Activist Meeting is dedicated to a current issue of concern about which the participants express their respective points of view and experience, and then contribute to a group discussion on the topic. Position papers that are formulated as a result of these meetings are often published in the Arab Thought Forum journal for dissemination to a wider audience. 38 people participated, including 11 women. Following are the political issues that were addressed:

Topic Date
Plurality within the political system in Palestine 26 February 2005
Impact of the election on democracy in Palestine 14 March 2005


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