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 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:
These meetings are designed to increase pluralism in the Palestinian politics and influence the decision making process by involving the political parties and groups in the discussion of issues of major concern. A total of two meetings took place during the program period with the participation of 61 key political leaders (see table 5).
The meetings served as a forum for exchange of views between representatives of the opposition parties on recent developments in the democratic process and in particular the ‘National Dialogue Process’. Further, the meetings constituted an additional step which proves that ATF initiated to involve the opposition parties in the democratic process with the aim to expand the participation to include representation of all active political forces in Palestine. The proceedings of the deliberations and recommendations were printed and made available to participants and interested parties. The following meetings took place during the reporting period: Finally, the majority of the meetings took place in a democratic atmosphere, which indicates a democratic transformation in the Palestinian people and society.
Direction of the Palestinian Compass in the Midst of the Historical Transformations of the Year 2006
August 23, 2006
Call for mutual understanding between Fateh and Hamas