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
On the preparation for the "Jerusalem Arab Cultural Capital 2009", the Arab Thought forum organized the second public meeting on April 12, 2007 in Ramallah. Among the participant was Dr. Rafiq Housini the head of the President office and Mr. Ahmad Rwaidy the head of Jerusalem unit at the President office, Mr. Housini announced in the meeting that the president will issue a decree appointing national committee to be in charge of this important mission. Meanwhile, the president office are following the matter with the Arab League to finalize the formalities, Mr. Abdel Rahman Abu Arafeh the Director of the Arab Thought Forum and coordinator of the Preparation Committee emphasize on the need to speed up the preparation effort in order to meet the deadline and to start the planed activity throughout the year 2009.
All relevant information was provided to the participants by the committee members, Mr. Salah Zuhaika, Mr. Abdel Latif Gaith and Mr. Younis al-Amouri. Mr. Ahmad Rwaidy presented the draft plan for the preparation effort to be taken between June 2007 until December 2008.