Skip to comments.Protestors block Israeli cargo in California
Posted on 06/20/2010 10:20:23 PM PDT by Lorianne
Over 500 people gather at Port of Oakland in bid to prevent Zim ship from unloading in protest of Gaza flotilla raid. Organizers say dockworkers have agreed not to show up to unload vessel ___ Flotilla protest reaches California: Hundreds of pro-Palestinian demonstrators gathered at the Port of Oakland before dawn Sunday in a bid to prevent an Israeli cargo ship from unloading for the day.
Richard Becker ANSWER Coalition, one of the groups which organized the protest, told the San Francisco Chronicle: "Our objective was to boycott this ship for 24 hours, and we succeeded in doing that."
The newspaper reported that the demonstrators first gathered before dawn at Berth 58, where a ship from Israel's Zim shipping line was scheduled to dock Sunday, first in the morning then in the afternoon. It eventually arrived around 6 pm, Becker said, but by that time the dockworkers had agreed not to show up to unload the vessel.
More than 500 people showed up about 5:30 am Sunday to begin the protest, according to police estimates. By around 10 am the crowd dispersed, but about 200 protesters returned in the afternoon when the second shift of dockworkers were scheduled to work.
Becker said some workers showed up for the morning shift, but virtually none did for the second. All agreed not to unload the ship or cross the picket lines, citing concern for their personal safety. There were no reports of violence or arrests.
The Oakland Port is not the first to witness an anti-Israel protest. Several days after the death of nine pro-Palestinian activists in a Navy raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, Swedish dockworkers launched a weeklong boycott of Israeli ships and goods.
Peter Annerback, a spokesman for the Swedish Port Workers Union which has around 1,500 members, said workers were urged to refuse handling of Israeli goods and ships during the June 15-24 boycott.
In a statement, the union said the reason for the boycott "is the unprecedented criminal attack on the peaceful ship convoy In Gaza. Several peace activists were killed by Israeli commandos and other participants were detained without any reason."
It also urged other unions and organizations to join them through similar initiatives and called for Israel to be brought to justice for the attack and that it respects international law "and that the blockade of Gaza immediately lifted."
The Associated Press contributed to this report
Anti-Zionist Protestors Stop unloading of Israeli Ship
Israel should boycott the port of Oakland...forever. Chisel it in stone. There are other ports.
Apart from boycotting Oakland, Israel should demand the next port provide a performance guarantee — a heavy insurance payoff if the cargo is not handled promptly.
What you said...
For some reason, that reminds me of the American (Soviet-controlled) longshoremen's union on the West Coast that was refusing to load shipments of arms bound for England at the beginning of World War II. That was because the English were fighting against the Nazis, and the longshoremen were under orders from Stalin not to help the English. Stalin had signed an alliance with Hitler in 1940, and at that moment and for the next year, the American Left in Hollywood and the unions became sudden peace advocates and bitter critics of Roosevelt for his Lend-Lease support of England against poor Mr. Hitler. They were doing their best to disrupt the U.S. arms industry.
The Left turned in favor of U.S. entry into the war suddenly when Hitler attacked the Soviet Union. First things first.
Must be like the good old days for the Longshoremen who went on strike and refused to load supply ships during World War II. One Marine Captain told me he fought with men who went into battle with only one round of ammunition because of those patriotic Longshoremen and their Communist leader Harry Bridges.
And sales of their medical devices and procedures to Oakland hospitals
I did not know any of that, thanks for posting.
I will look into this further.
See who’s behind this...
Sink the sons-a-bitches...
Another display from the California Commerce Department. Don’t visit California. We have idiots among us too many to count, like illegals. But we are saving the smelt.
Nazi thugs attack so-called “Untermenschen”.
Muslim 99.8% (mostly Sunni), other 0.2% (mostly Christians and Jews)
Is the war coming to the United States ?
ANSWER is a front group of the IAC aka International Action Center which is a front for the communist Worker’s World Party
ANSWER’s UK Counterpart is “STOP THE WAR”
ANSWER IS ASSOCIATED WITH PEOPLE FOR THE AMERICAN WAY... A GROUP WHICH DECIDED ANSWER WAS TOO OBVIOUSLY A WHACKJOB GROUP AND SO CHANGED THEIR MOVEMENT TO “UNITED FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE”
keeping our ports open to our allies is a matter of national security - fine the union into bankruptcy and fire every longshoreman that refused to work - ala, Reagan and the air traffic controllers
“workers of the world” better get a grip
ANSWER is a front of the communist Worker’s World Party ; ANSWER was originally named beatbackbush.org
Ramsey Clark is the wanna-be lawyer of Milosovic, Saddam Hussein, etc, and is involved in A.N.S.W.E.R.- he is the mentor of Lynne Stewart, ; he also started the IAC; he also served as a defense witness by testifying against the death penalty in the Kenya/Tanzania US Embassy Plots bombing trial of al-Owhali.
The International Action Center [IAC] is an umbrella group which shares its offices and its telephones with such groups as Iraq Sanctions Challenge, Peace for Cuba, U.S. Out of Korea Committee, Coalition to Stop U.S. Intervention in the Mideast, and Millions for Mumia, which works to free cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal who was convicted using evidence obtained under the powers of anti-terrorist legislation.
* Richard Becker : Richard Becker the leader of International ANSWER, and a "party leader" in the Workers World Party vigorously supports Communist China and Kim Jong II's regime in North Korea, and defends the likes of Saddam Hussein and Slobodan Milosevic; the Yugoslav war criminal on trial at the Hague for genocide. ------ "Know Thy Fellow Protester," By Jonathan Lewis, http://www.usainreview.com/2_17_Anti_War_Protests.htm:
G_D’s not gonna apologize to Sodom or Gomorrah, and it looks like California’s soon to join the list.
In the past when the unions played their slowdown or strike games on the West Coast, the ships unloaded in Canada.
Much faster turnaround and jobs lost and money lost for CA.
If that’s the game they want to play on the west coast it will be to their detriment. Seems the state is filled with idiots.
Wow. No tax-exempt status for you. Yank it. Investigate and prosecute as unregistered foreign agent. Conspiracy to evade tax and immigration laws.
Ignorant people are dangerous in times such as these.