Lutfia Rabbani Foundation 40th Anniversary
November 21, 2019
Celebrating 40 years of promoting Euro-Arab Dialogue, Lutfia Rabbani Foundation’s 40th anniversary 1979-2019
On November 21st, 2019 The Lutfia Rabbani Foundation celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a Memorial Lecture to commemorate its founder, Mahmoud S. Rabbani (1934-2002), by Dr. Mustafa Barghouti at the Academy Building at Leiden University. I was honoured to act as moderator at this memorable occasion.
Dr. Barghouti delivered a lecture entitled “Palestine: Strategic Challenges of the Future and the Role of Europe”. Through a captivating and powerful speech, Dr. Barghouti highlighted the challenges facing Palestinians today while shedding light on the role of the international community and particularly Europe in encouraging an active democratic Palestinian civil society. He also addressed the need to continue dialogue and further develop mutual understanding between Europe and the Arab World. During a panel debate, Mouin Rabbani and Prof. Josette Dijkhuizen focused on the role of Europe and entrepreneurship in relation to the Palestinian cause. Mouin Rabbani discussed the opportunities for mutual discussion and understanding between Europe and Palestine given the need for ongoing dialogue and cooperation for exploring questions of peace and justice. Josette Dijkhuizen continued with providing an example of such cooperation through her project Women4women, an initiative aimed at empowering young female Dutch and Palestinian entrepreneurs while providing them with a platform to exchange ideas and learn from each other.