It is with sadness that we inform members and supporters that Alf Filer, a local activist and supporter of the Palestinian cause was killed last night in a car crash. Alf recently moved from Brent to Worthing and he was intending to get involved in the Brighton Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
Alf was a committed and courageous campaigner who was active on many fronts including the campaign to defend the Harrow Mosque when it was threatened by the English Defence League and Stop the Islamisation of Europe.
Alf Filer will be sadly missed.
Alf Filer's letter to the Guardian, January 2009
Six days of illegal bombing, preceded by months of blockades. The excuses from the Israelis for the bloodbath of innocent civilians are an insult. These bombings are simply crimes against humanity. The EU, UK and US have all contributed to this situation through their agreements on trade and export licences, and funding of Israel.
The Palestinians who struggle for survival, in spite of the unnecessary divisions, deserve our full recognition. Israel must be reminded that a "nation that oppresses another nation cannot itself be free". As a Jew, I condemn this massacre. It is not being done in my name, nor will it make me feel any safer as a result. There will not be any peace in the Middle East until the issue of Palestinian self-determination is fully resolved.