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California protesters block Israeli-owned ship from docking

Officials say a group of pro-Palestinian protesters are again blocking an Israeli-owned ship from unloading its cargo at a port in California.

International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) spokesman Craig Merrileessaid dockworkers at the Port of Oakland did not unload cargo from the ZIM Shanghai on Saturday because of safety concerns raised by the presence of police and protesters.

He said the protesters blocked workers from driving into the terminal during their morning and evening shifts. An ILWU statement later said the workers “were threatened physically” by the demonstrators.

The action was organized by Block the Boat, a loose Oakland-based coalition of grass-roots organizations. The protesters are demonstrating in response to recent Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip.

Last month, protesters blocked cargo from unloading off the ZIM Piraeus for nearly five days before the ship apparently departed to Los Angeles.

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