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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...


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.


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