THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES ATTEND MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR HASSIB
J. SABBAGH AT GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
Washington DC, 4 November 2010 – Their Royal Highnesses Crown
Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine were invited by their friend Sana
Sabbagh to attend two nights ago a memorial service in honour of her late father
Hasib J. Sabbagh(1920-2010) at Georgetown University in the Lohrfink Auditorium
in the Rafik B. Hariri Building.
Speeches were given by The Honourable Jimmy Carter (39th
President of the United States of America), The Honourable James A. Baker, III
(61st United States Secretary of State), Under Secretary William J. Burns (Under
Secretary of State for Political Affairs), Dr. Hanan Ashrawi (Member, PLO
Executive Committee) and others.
Hasib Sabbagh dedicated his life to finding a solution to the
dilemma of the Palestinian people. His most cherished hope was for the
establishment of an independent state. Hasib Sabbagh worked hard to promote the
peace process in Gaza and the West Bank. He was a member of the Palestine
National Council as well as a member of the Palestine Central Council, where he
played an important role over the years.
Hasib Sabbagh gave financial aid to the Beirut Charities
Foundation, the American University of Beirut, the Jordan Charities Foundation,
the Welfare Association in Geneva, and the Vatican. In the United States he has
was generous to health care and educational institutions primarily. The
Cleveland Clinic Foundation and the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston
received generous grants from the Diana Tamari Sabbagh Foundation, as has
Harvard University (the alma mater of his daughter Sana), Georgetown University
(in particular the Centre for Muslim - Christian Understanding), the American
Enterprise Institute, a Washington, D.C., think tank. In 1995, he made a
generous donation to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York to create a
chair in Middle East affairs.