Copyleft - Information for direct action - Published weekly in Brighton since 1994

Home | Friday 1st July 2011 | Issue 777

Back to the Full Issue

SIMON LEVIN RIP

Long-term Brightonian activist for social justice, Simon Levin, passed away on Friday 24th June, at the age of thirty-six. He spent much of his life fighting against injustice . Attending pickets during the miners’ strike when he was a young boy, Simon was then an active supporter of the Irish struggle against imperialism and, during the last decade, involved in action for Palestine and against the Iraq war.

Simon was from a Jewish background; his great grandparents were murdered at Auschwitz. This was one of the reasons that he joined the Palestinian struggle against Israeli apartheid. In 2004 Simon travelled to Palestine and spent months as an international volunteer in Balata refugee camp. During Israeli army incursions Simon provided an international presence designed to make people in the camp safer and support Palestinian resistance. In 2008 he led a delegation to the Jordan Valley and worked with Palestinians to establish Fasayil School (see SchNEWS 608), despite Israeli military orders that building was prohibited.

Involved in the Smash EDO campaign from the beginning, he was part of the first blockade of EDO in 2004 and fought against EDO’s planned injunction against protesters.  Simon helped the decommissioners break into the EDO factory in 2009 - and was with the others found not guilty of conspiracy to cause criminal damage on the basis that he had acted to prevent war crimes SchNEWS 729) . His own experiences in Palestine were used as evidence. On hearing the verdict he said, “Considering that the whole point of this is that we have broken no law, hopefully it will set a precedent for the people of this country to realise that in a liberal democracy we are the checks and balances.”

Despite personal battles, Simon never gave up on the struggle for justice and the well-being of those lucky enough to count him as a friend.

One such friend said, “Simon was not only a dedicated activist in the name of liberty, against oppression in all its forms, but a sublimely passionate human being, whose eccentricities, eloquence and wild imagination will never be forgotten.”

For those who wish to celebrate Simon’s life there will be a wake at the Cowley Club, Brighton Thursday 7th July at 4pm.



 
 

The following comments have been left on this story by other SchNEWS readers...

Added on 12th July 2011 at 17:43 by mary

so sorry this had to happen to simon


Added on 12th July 2011 at 17:40 by mary frankel

dont wish this on anyone lets hope simon had a good life when he was here and has a better one where hes gonex


Added on 10th July 2011 at 12:05 by John - Simon's uncle

It's impossible to describe the depth of my sadness and devastation at losing you, Simon.

John Lennon once sang: "We all shine on. Like the moon and the stars and the sun."

You will always shine on - in our hearts and in our minds.

With love.

May you rest in peace.


Added on 8th July 2011 at 18:53 by protester

was supprised by his sudden death


Added on 7th July 2011 at 20:45 by Wondering

Dead at 36?

Disease? Drug Overdose?

Why isn't it mentioned?


Added on 7th July 2011 at 19:57 by Adios...

THIS COMMENT HAS BEEN REMOVED BY A MODERATOR


Added on 6th July 2011 at 15:31 by Nathalie

I cannot believe that Simon is gone. I hadn't seen him for a couple of years but I have some really fond memories of our times together. I liked his passion and doggedness - (even if I didn't always agree with him!) The world needs people like that and I am so sorry that he is no longer in our world. Miss you Simon, will always remember you.


Added on 4th July 2011 at 22:01 by Robin

Passion is an overused word, but Simon really had it and I shall miss it


Added on 4th July 2011 at 18:57 by Anonymous

He will always be a hero to me and many others.

I'll miss him


Added on 3rd July 2011 at 22:28 by Mike

So sad to hear this news. Simon was a wonderful person. Lots of love to all those close to him.


Added on 3rd July 2011 at 17:03 by Christine, Simon's mother

I was always so proud of Simon and will miss him with every waking day.

Thank you all for being his friends and comrades,


Added on 3rd July 2011 at 14:22 by Pete

I was gutted to hear about this. I haven't seen Simon in years. He was a good guy.


Added on 2nd July 2011 at 13:24 by Yassir Samman


Added on 2nd July 2011 at 10:45 by Tony

A good man who will be proudly remembered. RIP, Simon.


THE POSTING OF COMMENTS ON THIS STORY HAS BEEN PROHIBITED BY A MODERATOR

Subscribe to SchNEWS: Send 1st Class stamps (e.g. 10 for next 9 issues) or donations (payable to Justice?). Or £15 for a year's subscription, or the SchNEWS supporter's rate, £1 a week. Ask for "originals" if you plan to copy and distribute. SchNEWS is post-free to prisoners.

A brief history of the Dragon Festival and Cigarrones travellers site, southern Spain.
The Cigarrones travellers’ site is one of several communities which have sprung up near Orgiva in Andalucía, Spain, in recent decades. Coming to the southern tip of Europe to escape the repression against travellers in Britain and elsewhere, they have carved out a life of avin’ it autonomous anarchy – despite increasing attention from tinpot local authorities who act like Franco is still in. Since 1997 the site has held the annual Dragon Festival - now arguably one of the most significant free festivals in Europe – but this is also under attack. Here is a brief history written by a resident of Cigarrones:
SchNEWS interviews Canadian journalist and military historian Gwynne Dyer about the dire warnings for a post-climate change world in his book 'The Climate Wars'
Report from US-Mexico border about the narco wars whose connections go right up to the president
One year after the military coup in Honduras which ousted the leader and installed a neo-liberal cabal, grassroots groups across the country are aligning to create a popular movement.
SchNEWS interviews Richard Stallman – hacker, founder of the Free Software movement and activist for digital-software-information freedom...
From Kemp Town to Kabul, as SchNEWS interviews Al Jazeera journalist Medyan Dairieh about his take on the war...
An eyewitness account from Phnom Penh, as Cambodia faces its largest forced displacements since the time of the Khmer Rouge.
The future of Titnore Woods is threatened as Tesco and Worthing Council gang up to build upon the ancient woodland...
Who are the far-right English Defence League, and what are their strategies?
With the murder of Russian human rights activist Natalia Estemirova in Chechnya, we look at the Russian-backed despotic regime in Chechnya.
At the last minute the Big Green Gathering festival in Somerset was pulled due to legal pressure - SchNEWS looks at the events and factors that led to this.
The president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, is removed and sent into exile after a military coup d'etat.
This year marks the 24th anniversary of the infamous police attack on travellers on their way to Stonehenge in an incident now known as the Battle Of The Beanfield.
SchNEWS looks how deep the financial problems are for the banks and the British Govt, and how they won't learn from their errors.
Given a more optimistic environment after Obama's announcement that he's going to close the Guantanamo prison camp, SchNEWS interviews ex-detainee, Omar Deghayes, to gauge his reaction.
Eyewitness accounts from British activists on the ground during the wanton attack on Gaza by Israel in January 2009.
Somali pirates roaming the Gulf Of Aden, hijacking - amongst other ships - a Saudi oil supertanker. How is it possible? What geo-political context is giving rise to these latter-day pirates?