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Community reconciliation following the political agreement between the Palestinian parties

2011-05-17
Under the project title, Initiative on Dialogue, Consensus Building and Civic Awareness in the OPT, The Carter Center (TCC) and the Arab Thought Forum (ATF) continues working towards the following project objective:...
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Winds of Change

2011-02-21
In a symposium entitled "Winds of Change" organized by the Arab Thought Forum on February 21, 2011, participants emphasized that the revolutions taking place in the Arab world that have been successful in Egypt and Tunisia will act as a key in supporting the Palestinian people's revolution against the ...
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The Steering Committee of the Electoral Reform Project met with the participation of President Carter

2009-06-13
The Steering Committee held its fourth meeting on June 13, 2009 with the presence of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. A number of issues relating to the election were discussed at the meeting. There was a consensus on most issues discussed, with the exception of one point concerning the electoral system. The committee members noted the main points of agreement, listed below. ...
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Jerusalem: The Capital of Arab Culture 2009 lunched on March 21st

2009-04-02
The Palestinian celebrates to mark the Arab League's designation of Jerusalem as the capital of Arab culture for 2009. The 23-nation group chooses a different city for the honor each year. The commemorative event entitled "Jerusalem: The Capital of Arab Culture 2009" took place on March 21st. Go to alquds2009...
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Civil Society position paper on Israel’s barbaric aggression on the Gaza Strip

2009-01-31
January 28, 2009 On 27 December 2008, Israeli occupying forces launched a full-scale military offensive on the Gaza Strip from the sea, ...
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A RESOLUTION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ON THE CASE OF UM KAMEL AL –KURD FAMILY IS ADOPTED, WHILE ISRAEL DESTROYS THE PROTEST TENT

2008-11-22
By: LUISA MORGANTINI- Vice-President of the European Parliament
Just after Israeli police evicted for the second time Um Kamel Al-Kurd from her protest tent and destroyed the tent and all its contents, an urgency was presented on the case of this family and a debate took place today in the Plenary Session of the European Parliament. A resolution was adopted by the Plenary, asking the Israeli authorities to stop their illegal actions. ...
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National Campaign for Solidarity with Bishop Kabouji and the Palestinian Deportees

2008-11-10
eligious and national Palestinian figures announced on November 8, 2008 the beginning of the solidarity campaign with the former Catholic Bishop of Jerusalem Ilarion Kabouji. ...
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Is there a crisis facing the Palestinian Fine Arts?

2008-10-27
The meeting was held on September 25, 2005 by the ATF initiative with the participation of interested group among them, Al- Housh Art Center, Sliman Mansour and Rawan Sharaf. ...
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One of Bush's heavy legacies

2008-07-07
by Abdel Rahman Abu Arafeh
Bush will soon be gone and this is good, no doubt that the world will be a better place. This is what most of the worlds population including the people of the United States agree upon. However, this is not the issue, as the policies partaken during his 8-year long legacy, if not changed, will continue to govern the world from his Crawford ranch in Texas ...
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Bolster Hamas’s political opponents

2006-10-15
Palestinian nationalist and Islamic leaders have strongly denounced efforts by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and affiliated foreign aid bodies to recruit Palestinian journalists ...
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528 Israeli military checkpoints in the west bank

2006-10-14
A UN official said that there is a 40% rise in the number of Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank since last August, pointing that there are now 528 military checkpoints ...
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Israel accused of using 'Dime' bombs

2006-10-13
A team of Italian journalists investigating Israeli weapons is claiming that an experimental weapon has been used against the Palestinians in recent months ...
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War Crimes or War against Humanity

2006-09-12
It is astounding how the Israeli war crimes have become so common with no international response. Israeli army officials boast about such crimes as if they are heroic acts ...
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Delusive Raids

2006-09-11
Delusive raids have become a new pattern utilized by the army against Palestinian civilians especially after the departure of settlers from Gaza on September 12, 2005 ...
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Fox reporters freed in Gaza

2006-08-28
Militants in the Gaza Strip released two kidnapped journalists from the American Fox News Channel on Sunday after forcing them at gunpoint to say in a videotape they had converted to Islam ...
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AFTER LEBANON, A WISE PALESTINIAN STRATEGY REQUIRED

2006-08-25
As I predicted in earlier columns, Israel’s unilateral policy has proven to be one of the first victims of its war against Lebanon. Politically tarnished from the unsuccessful gamble in Lebanon...
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WATCHING LEBANON
Washington’s interests in Israel’s war


2006-08-23
In the days after Hezbollah crossed from Lebanon into Israel, on July 12th, to kidnap two soldiers, triggering an Israeli air attack on Lebanon and a full-scale war, the Bush Administration seemed strangely passive ...
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INTERVIEW WITH JIMMY CARTER
"The US and Israel Stand Alone"


2006-08-22
Former US president Jimmy Carter speaks with DER SPIEGEL about the danger posed to American values by George W. Bush, the difficult situation in the Middle East and Cuba's ailing Fidel Castro ...
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Hunker Down With History

2006-08-18
The greatest mistake Israel could make at the moment is to forget that Israel itself is a mistake. It is an honest mistake, a well-intentioned mistake, a mistake for which no one is culpable, but the idea of creating a nation of European Jews in an area of Arab Muslims ...
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A Black Flag

2006-07-10
A black flag hangs over the "rolling" operation in Gaza. The more the operation "rolls," the darker the flag becomes. The "summer rains" we are showering on Gaza are not only pointless, but are first and foremost blatantly illegitimate ...
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True Democracy justify freedom and independence

2006-07-10
During one year, Palestinian has witnessed three elections; presidential, local government and legislative. In each of these elections, the Palestinian and their institutions have provided evidence on the capability to conduct free and fair elections despite being under aggressive occupation ...
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Int'l Organizations Express Concern Over Developments in Gaza

2006-07-09
Several international organizations working in the Gaza Strip expressed their concern over the recent developments in Gaza, and the ongoing Israeli attacks that have left dozens of Palestinians dead and injured...
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The Political Implication of The Proclamation of Sovereignty: National Controls and Requirements of Success

2006-02-11
by Qays Abdel Karim
Five and-a-half years have passed since the signing of the Oslo Accords, on May 4, 1999, the date stipulated in the accord as the expiry date of the interim phase. Throughout more than five years of negotiations, implementation and negotiations over implementation, the Oslo process ended in a solid impasse which, according to some people, was a predicted result ...
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Interview with Othman Abu Gharbiyyeh

2006-02-11
by Abdel Rahman Abu Arafeh
This interview is the last among 14 interviews discussing the role of the Palestinian opposition under the title The Palestinian Opposition Between the Negative Standstill and Positive Interaction ...
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The Role of the PLO in Making the Palestinian Political System

2006-02-11
by Hani Al- Hassan
The late historian Jamal Hamdan used to discuss Egypt s history from the angle of the genius of the place. A Palestinian historian discussing the history of the Palestinian political system cannot ignore the genius of the crisis of the place ...
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The Phased Return of the Palestinian Refugees

2006-02-11
by Salman Abu Sitta
Half a century has passed since the dispossession and expulsion of the Palestinians from their homes in 1948. This event shaped the history of the area ever since, and remains, until today, the major issue of Middle East politics ...
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Obstacles before the performance of function by the Judiciary Authority

2006-02-11
by Ahmed Mobarak el-Khaldi
In his book, the Republic", Plato equates between judges and doctors. He considers both teams are needed only by ailing societies ...
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The Speech of Mr. Ahmad Qrei' Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council

2006-02-11
by Ahmad Qrei’
The Palestinian people are at the threshold of establishing their independent state and ascertaining total sovereignty on their soil. This historical and critical moment, with its great challenges, and which will define the landmarks and identity of our state, requires that we show utmost courage and steadfastness ...
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The Palestinian NGOs and the Challenges Ahead

2006-02-11
by Mustafa Barghouthi
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have for decades played a crucial role in cultivating Palestinian society. And, it should be recognized that since 1967 their characteristics have emerged in the context of the struggle against Israeli occupation ...
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Jerusalem: Can Negotiations Produce a Mutually Acceptable Outcome?

2006-02-11
by William B. Quandt
Conventional wisdom holds that the issues involving Jerusalem will prove to be the most difficult for Israelis and Palestinians to resolve in final status negotiations. Those who make this assertion seem to base it on the assumption that Jerusalem, because of its special religious significance for Jews, Christians and Muslims, is invested with particularly strong emotions by all parties to the Arab-Israeli conflict ...
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Rights and Responsibilities of Civil Society under the Palestinian State

2006-02-11
by Izzat Abdul Hadi
In the past five years, civil society organizations and the Palestinian National Authority have conducted a serious, intricate and rational dialogue over a set of principles that aim to regulate the relationship between both sides ...
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Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon (2)

2006-02-11
by As'ad Abd El-Rahman
In order to acquaint the reader with the suffering of the refugees in Lebanon, we present the following details pertaining to a number of fields ...
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The Palestinian State and the Obligations of the Just Peace

2006-02-11
by Jad Ishaq
Observers agree that the final status negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides will soon begin and that these negotiations will be extensive and under the sponsorship of the United States. This is despite the fact that immediately following his victory in the elections, the Israeli Prime Minister-elect expressed his desire for negotiations to be at the bilateral level ...
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General Principles for Formulating the State General Budget

2006-02-11
by Adnan Amr
General principles and basic rules were laid down for the authority in charge of formulating the general budget to follow. As is clear in the Law Regulating the General Budget, Palestinian legislature, just like legislature in other countries, has provided legal rules to guarantee that the set principles are abided by ...
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Current Challenges What To Do??

2006-02-11
by Haidar Abdel Shafi
The Zionist movement announced itself and declared its goals and demands very clearly in the first Zionist conference held in Basel, Switzerland in the summer of 1897 ...
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Structural Planning and Building Permits in Palestine

2006-02-11
by Abas Abdel Haq
The Oslo agreements between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the state of Israel, as well as the ensuing steps that divided the Palestinian territories which were occupied in 1967, in addition to the Israeli acts and measures all put the Palestinians both citizens and authority, face to face with changes on the ground ...
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Palestinian Rights, al-Aqsa Intifada, and International “Commissions of Inquiry? A Survey and Critical Reflection

2006-02-11
by Ingrid Jaradat
Israeli non-compliance with UN resolutions and international humanitarian and human rights conventions has never been effectively challenged by the international community, in particular by the United Nations, since it recommended, in 1947, to partition Palestine against the wishes of the majority of the Arab population ...
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Characteristics of the Coming Stage and its Probabilities

2006-02-11
by Ahmad Abdel Rahman
The Palestinian people and their national intifada (uprising), Israel, its government and parties, and the Middle East region all are at a crossroad. There are two indicators at this crossroad, one for peace, security and stability and the other points to confrontation, loss of security and the hegemony of the blind force and disorder that will lead to a total regional war ...
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Study on Drug Abuse in Jerusalem

2006-02-11
by Michel Fuad Al-Saiegh
The Arab Thought Forum conducted a study on the phenomenon of drug abuse in Jerusalem. The study showed that drug abuse is prevalent in the city and that several kinds of substances are widespread, most important of which is Heroin ...
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The General Assembly and its Legal Responsibility for the Continued Membership of the State of Israel in the UN

2006-02-11
by Naser Rayyes
The UN organization began dealing with the Palestinian problem, politically and legally, as one of the international issues, immediately after the government of the British mandate had put its mandate in Palestine on the agenda of the General Assembly (GA) ...
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Corruption Within Palestinian Society

2006-02-11
by Abdel Rahman Abu Arafeh
Since the Palestinian Oversight Commission issued its first annual report in 1997, and it highlighted specific corruption cases, the concept of corruption started being discussed within Palestinian society ...
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Public Opinion Polls and the Performance of Political Parties

2006-02-11
by Ahmad Majdalani
Public opinion expresses the resultant views and thoughts and the general norms and laws spreading in the society at a specific period of time. This phenomenon which is the formation of public opinion can become a constant as long as no significant changes have affected it, or it may formulate new data upon which a new public opinion is formed ...
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Israeli Practices: Are they classified under the term "War Crimes"?

2006-02-11
by Nassir Yaqoub
The Palestinian people are one of the mostly victimized people by war crime practices carried out at a large scale against them by successive Israeli governments and by the aggressive war which was staged by the Occupation against Palestinians, their lands and property ...
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The Youth Leadership Program: Practice in Democracy

2006-02-11
by Ahmad Jaradat
Due to my young age, I did not take part in the previous governmental elections. Fortunately however, I was given the chance through the Youth Leadership Project sponsored by the Arab Though Forum (ATF) to practice my right to vote and nomination ...
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Dialogue with Hamas leadership

1998-08-18
In light of the recent Palestinian legislative election, The Arab Thought Forum (ATF) wish to highlight Hamas political issues as indicated on two dialogue that were held between ATF and four of Hamas leaders in August 18, 1998. The attached document includes the dialogue with Mr. Ismail Hanieya, Dr. Mahmoud Al Zahar and the late Ismail Abu Shanab ...
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Sheikh Ahmad Yaseen - On the Issue of the Opposition

1998-08-18
In light of the recent Palestinian legislative election, The Arab Thought Forum (ATF) wish to highlight Hamas political issues as indicated on two dialogue that were held between ATF and four of Hamas leaders in August 18, 1998. The attached document includes the dialogue with the late Sheikh Ahmad Yaseen ...
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