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Palestine Solidarity activists block Israeli ship from unloading in Oakland, California

PALESTINE Solidarity activists in the United States forced an Israeli cargo ship to turn around without being unloaded in the California port of Oakland at the weekend.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the port to prevent the ship, owned by Israeli shipping giant Zim, from unloading.

The protest was organised by the Arab Resource and Organising Centre and the local branch of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which picketed the docks.

The union said none of its members crossed the picket line. The action was taken in response to a call from the Palestinian Federation of Trade Unions for international support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine and systematic discrimination against its Arab citizens, which has been labelled apartheid.

The incident was the first time a Zim ship had attempted to dock in Oakland since 2014, when a trade union and activist campaign called Block the Boat was mounted to stop them unloading at the port.

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