Days of Palestine

Sunday, February 5

Activists ban Israeli ship unloading in American port

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Days of Palestine, Florida –Tens of pro-Palestine activists prevented in the weekend an Israeli ship from unloading its cargo at the Port of Tampa Bay in Florida.

The Israeli ship is owned by the Israeli shipping company ZIM, and the act was part of a wider solidarity campaign to prevent Israeli ships from loading and unloading their cargo at American ports.

In spite of the bad weather and heavy rain, the activists existed in the port since the early hours of morning after the ship approached the port and docked ahead of schedule during the night hours, preventing the port crews from unloading the Israeli ship.

A coordinator of the Alliance for Boycotting ‘Israel’ in the United States said that the act was part of a new solidarity framework that is working on establishing alliances between dockworkers and pro-Palestinian organisations in American cities that have ports on the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

He added that the boycott campaign against ‘Israel’ is escalating at all levels across the United States, where broad sectors and new organisations, movements and civil institutions, as well as university students and labour unions, are getting involved every day.

During the latest Israeli war on the Gaza Strip, American activists organised similar protests at several ports, including Oakland in California and Tacoma in Washington.