Since Saturday, thousands of anti-Israeli protesters have blocked an Israeli cargo ship from docking and unloading at the port of Oakland.
Protesting the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, the goal of the pro-Palestinian activists is to block Israeli from docking at American seaports throughout the western U.S. and Canada.
The target of their ire is Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd., Israel’s largest shipping company headquartered in Norfolk.
Saturday’s protest drew several thousand people, Al Jazeera reported, one of a slew of “Block the Boat“ events planned for the West Coast, with similar actions slated for Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, on Wednesday and, later, Vancouver.
The protests are fueled, in part, by trade unions….
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As posted on Block the Boat’s Facebook page, the longshoremen’s union is standing with pro-Palestinian activists. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union refused to cross the picket lines, which makes it impossible for cargo vessels, Zim Lines and others to dock and unload.
ZIM ship turned away from SSA!
August 19, 2014
For four days straight the San Francisco Bay Area community blocked the Israeli ZIM ship from unloading at the Port of Oakland. And today, we salute the rank and file of ILWU for standing with us against Israeli Apartheid by honoring our pickets and letting the ship go from the SSA terminal this afternoon!
Saturday we mobilized thousands of our community to show the world that Oakland does not welcome racism, apartheid or Zionism, from Ferguson to Palestine. We flooded the streets and marched towards the Port only to discover that the ZIM ship decided to stay at Bay rather than dock and be confronted by the power of our numbers. The ship attempted to dock and unload on Sunday, but within a half hour’s time hundreds of us organized community pickets requesting that ILWU to stand with us on the side of justice and not unload the Apartheid ship. And as ILWU always has, and as they did during South African Apartheid, they demonstrated their solidarity with the global fight against oppression and honored our picket. Once again on Monday, and then on Tuesday morning, community pickets coupled with worker solidarity stopped the ZIM ship from unloading….
According to JOC.com, the protesters were long gone Tuesday but the marine terminal remained closed because longshoremen refused to show up for work due to the situation evolving from supporting protesters to a problem between the union and management.
According to Communist newspaper, Workers World, protesters tied the blockade of the Israeli cargo vessel to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson.
When they reached the berth at SSA where the Zim would have been tied up, the protesters were met with a large and menacing police line across the entire driveway where the longshore workers enter to work the ships. Spontaneously, the crowd marched square up to the police, raising their hands in the air and chanting “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” to indicate support for the African-American community in Ferguson….
Odd isn’t it that who support Hamas support of the Islamization of the United States and jihad, are permitted to set up blockades at U. S. seaports against our allies.
Permission to reprint “verbatim”, Workers World.