Thursday, 15 July 2010

Dockworkers Boycott Israeli Ships

While successive humanitarian efforts to break the Gaza blockade are thwarted by the Israeli navy and Western politicians are intimidated by the Israel lobby from investigating the flotilla massacre, dockworkers around the world are taking direct action.
Three weeks after the massacre on the Freedom Flotilla, ILWU dockworkers in the San Francisco Bay area delayed an Israeli Zim Lines ship for 24 hours, the Swedish Dockworkers Union began a week-long blockade of Israeli ships and containers, dockers in the Port of Cochin, India, refused to handle Israeli cargo, and the Turkish dockworkers union Liman-Is announced their members would refuse to service any Israeli shipping. In South Africa, Durban dockers had already boycotted a Zim Lines ship in response to the invasion of Gaza last year. On the 5th Anniversary of the United Palestinian Call for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions, Israel faces the prospect of targetted industrial action to implement boycotts. How did it happen, what does it mean, and how can the solidarity movement respond to the new opening?
Read more of Greg Dopkin's report here

See also Swedish Dockworkers