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

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Public Debates convened in 2001

During this period, ATF has organized 40 activities in different forms. ATF s discussion activities aim to provide a democratic forum for all levels of Palestinian decision-makers, including Palestinian National Authority officials. To date, more than 20 ministers, 75 parliament members and hundreds of political opposition leaders and many Palestinian and international academics have participated in ATF s activities. Critical issues are discussed and analyzed in these forums, while findings and important recommendations are disseminated to all concerned parties.

ATF forums include the following three main techniques:

  • Conferences work shops and Symposia

  • Town Hall Meetings

  • Public debates and round table meetings.

To further achieve ATF s dedication and commitment to a participatory Palestinian democratic society, various workshops, meetings and symposia were initiated in Jerusalem and the principal districts of the West Band and Gaza Strip. The main objective behind these meetings is to encourage debate, solicit opinions and support the democratic process by encouraging transparency and accountability in the government and the involvement of all segments of the society. ATF designed meetings to attract the maximum participation of the Palestinian leadership and public. The main principle behind these meetings is to put action sought after concepts by demonstrating the benefits of actual involvement in the democratic process.

The current volatile security situation and the restrictions on freedom of movement of people and vehicles in most areas of the West Bank and Gaza prevented the ATF from conducting some of the planned meetings.


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