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GALICIA-PALESTINA, AN UNCEASING SOLIDARITY: BICHARA KHADER, PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF LOUVAINE AND EXPERT IN EURO-ARAB QUESTIONS, VISITS SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA ON JUNE 25

The activities are produced in the context of the twinning of the year 2002 between Santiago de Compostela and Bethlehem (Palestine-West Bank) and the launch of the publication "Palestine: The Permanent Tragedy (1948-2024). A call to wake up Europe" that the Galician Institute of International Analysis and Documentation (IGADI) published in Galician on May 17, Día das Letras 2024 dedicated to Luisa Villalta.

Next Tuesday, June 25, Bichara Khader, professor emeritus of the University of Louvain (Belgium) and one of the great experts on the relations of Europe and the European Union with the Palestinian issue will visit the capital of Galicia. His visit comes twenty-two years after he was the main promoter of twinning between Santiago and Bethlehem in 2002, in the context of the current Israeli invasion of Gaza and the recent recognition of Palestine as a state by Spain and other European states.

In the activities, organized by IGADI and in which the Fundación Araguaney-Puente de Culturas and the University of Santiago de Compostela collaborate, will be presented his latest essay “Palestine: The Permanent Tragedy (1948-2024)” will be presented. A call to wake up Europe”. The publication reviews the history of the conflict between Israel and Palestine, focusing directly on the nature and evolution of European relations with the Palestinian issue. The work, originally published in English, is being translated into different European languages, such as Spanish, French or Italian.

Bichara Khader will hold a meeting with journalists at the USC CEIDUS building (Parque de Vista Alegre. Rúa das Salvadas, s/n) on the 25th at 10:30 a.m., and later make an institutional visit to Santiago City Hall at 1:30 p.m. .

In the afternoon, at 6:00 p.m., he will present “Palestine: The Permanent Tragedy (1948-2024). A call to wake up Europe” in the Paraninfo of the Faculty of History and Geography, presented by Marola Padín (Vice Director of IGADI and Deputy Director of the China Policy Observatory) Rubén Lois (Professor at USC, Director of the Economic and Development Institute of Galicia and Vice President of the International Union of Geography) and Daniel González Palau (Director of IGADI).

Bichara Khader, (Zababdeh, Palestine, February 13, 1944) is a specialist in the contemporary Arab world and Euro-Arab and Euro-Mediterranean issues. He is of Palestinian origin and holds Belgian nationality. He is an emeritus professor at the Catholic University of Leuven and founder of the Center for Studies and Research on the Arab World at that university. He was a member of the Group of Senior Experts on Foreign Policy and Common Security of the European Commission and the Group of Scholars for the Dialogue of Cultures in the Mediterranean of the European Presidency. Khader insists on the urgency of understanding the Arab and Muslim world in ways other than in terms of threat or invasion.

He is an associate researcher of the IGADI and part of the Scientific Council in Weather Outside. Among the latest collaborations with IGADI, we highlight the participation in issue 44 of Tempo Exterior (January-June 2022) with the article “Geopolitical issues after the withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan” as well as in the IGADI Annual Report 2021-2022 “Europe and the question of Palestine (1948 – 2022): Declarative but toothless diplomacy”.