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Assidon, Sion
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Together with Abraham Serfaty, Sion Assidon is one of  Morocco’s most prominent Jewish left-wing activists. Born in Agadir in 1948, he was arrested in 1972 as a member of a student group campaigning for democracy, charged with the crime of possessing anti-regime leaflets. He was sentenced to fifteen years, but the attention brought to his case by  Amnesty International as a nonviolent “prisoner of conscience” contributed to his release by royal pardon in 1984.

A mathematician by training and a businessman by profession, Assidon was founding secretary general of  Transparency Maroc, …

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Sarah Frances Levin, “Assidon, Sion”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 28 November 2020
First published online: 2010

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