Comrades, anti-war and Palestine solidarity activists in York were saddened to hear of the death of Steve Cox.
He was more interested in the plight of the Palestinians than the career in accountancy he gave up.
Visits to the Middle East and brushes with the Israeli security forces reinforced his anti-war and Palestine solidarity passions.
He campaigned against the first Gulf War in 1991, helping the family of an Iraqi detained in Full Sutton prison and led a march to the gates of the jail.
In 1992 he joined the Socialist Workers Party (SWP).
Steve had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Middle East. His Workers’ Educational Association courses filled remote village halls.
Always incisive and humorous, he castigated imperialism and was intolerant of the two-state “solution” compromise for Palestine.
He revelled in the idea of change from below.
Furious at the official First World War commemorations Steve drove forward last November’s York Against the War day school.
It was a huge success—over 100 people attended.
Steve also climbed every peak in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, often sharing his fun and huge knowledge with us and his wife Val.
We will always remember his joy on one climb at catching a glimpse of some snow buntings on the hillside before reaching the top in the freezing cold.
Steve passed away with his greatest love Val beside him. We send her our deepest sympathy and love.
And we will continue to fight for justice in the Middle East.