#BlockTheBoat prevents Israeli goods from docking in Oakland and Tacoma

    The longest blockade of an Israeli trade ship in American history has now spread to a second city.
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    In Oakland, Calif., and Tacoma, Wash., people have been blocking an Israeli boat from unloading its cargo in an action that organizers say is in solidarity with Palestinian resistance. (Electronintifada)

    Earlier this month, after demonstrators spent four days peacefully blockading the Oakland port to prevent the unloading of an Israeli cargo ship, the Block the Boat for Gaza campaign has spread to the Port of Tacoma in Seattle, Wash., and Los Angeles, Calif., as the campaign gains traction. So far, four blockades have prevented three different Israeli ships, from docking. The Zim Piraeus was stopped at the Port of Oakland, the Zim Haifa in Long Beach, and the Zim Chicago in the Port of Tacoma and Seattle.

    The blockade in the United States is the longest blockade of an Israeli trade ship in American history, and it is one small piece of the broader Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israel and its military occupation of Palestine. The campaign was a response to Israel’s latest military operation in Gaza, which ended after seven weeks on Tuesday and left more than 2,100 Palestinians dead, the vast majority civilians.

    In addition to the protests, the #BlockTheBoat Twitter campaign has been trending since the beginning of the demonstration on August 16. The objective of the campaign is not only to turn away the boat itself but also to help build the broader movement. As Lara Kiswani, an organizer who has been participating in the blockade stated, “Our intention is to really build a movement here… our goal in the long run is for the workers themselves to refuse to unload that ship, stand with us, and take a position against Israeli apartheid.”

    The boats are managed by Zim Integrated Shipping Solutions, the largest shipping firm in Israel. Though some goods have been unloaded from this ship during the blockade, demonstrators and supporters have claimed #BlockTheBoat to be a successful show of the effort to boycott Israeli goods in response to Israel’s escalated aggression this summer.



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