Last updated on: 9/23/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Arab Thought Forum (ATF) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“Following the signing of the Oslo agreement between the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Israeli Government in 1993, Palestinians were at the threshold of realizing their struggle for freedom, independence and prosperity. Recognizing the importance of sound economic and democratic formation and development, in 1994 ATF began working on redefining its strategies and philosophy to correspond with these changes in Palestinian society…

ATF is committed to the goal of establishing an independent democratic state for the Palestinian people.”

“About Us,” www.multaqa.org (accessed Sep. 23, 2015)

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Description:

“The Arab Thought Forum (ATF), known as Al Multaqa in Arabic, was established in Jerusalem in 1977 as an independent Palestinian organization. Based on democratic principles such as openness, transparency and freedom of expression it provides a forum for Palestinian decision makers, public opinion leaders and citizens to express their views and has no affiliation to any government, political party or other organization. The strength of ATF lies in its political impartiality allowing it to freely engage in a broad range of subjects related to the Palestinian cause of democracy building and ultimately independence.

As a leading Palestinian organization specializing in socio-economic development, ATF has served for two decades as an important platform for the presentation of development strategies for Palestinian nation building. Initially focusing on scientific studies and research, ATF has expanded to actively identify critical issues for analysis and public debate and has selectively initiated important pilot and long term projects in order to influence and contribute to the development of the Palestinian people.”

“About Us,” ATF website (accessed Apr. 16, 2008)

Mission:

ATF’s focus since 1994 may be summarized under these topics:

  • The Future of Jerusalem
  • Democratic Process and Nation Building
  • Promoting Development Awareness
  • The Peace Process
    ATF is committed to the goal of establishing an independent democratic state for the Palestinian people.

“About Us,” ATF website (accessed Apr. 16, 2008)

Other:
Non-Governmental / Non-Profit Organization