On Tuesday night at Senate House, SOAS University, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) hosted an evening with former Egyptian presidential candidate Abdallah Alashaal. Alashaal founded the Free Egypt Party after the 2011 revolution; he is a former Egyptian diplomat with knowledge of Gulf, Arab, Islamic and African affairs and is currently head of the National Council for Human Rights.
The event, chaired by Professor Bill Bowring who is a barrister at Field Court Chambers, focused on the past and future of Egypt and Palestine’s relationship. Bowring stated he had a long time interest in peace in the Middle East after visiting Palestine in 1988 at the beginning of the first Intifada. Prior to this he had "no interest whatsoever in international law, human rights or humanitarian law, but being there, in those circumstances, really opened my eyes." In May 2011, Bowring and a group of colleagues, housing lawyers specializing in eviction, visited East Jerusalem and published the report 'Enforcing Housing Rights: The Case of Sheikh Jarrah' on the results of their fact-finding mission.