Friday, August 29, 2014

BDS activists prove that ‘doing dirty business with Israel comes at a cost’, #BlockTheBoat

In a historic act of solidarity with the people of Palestine, protests have been staged against the Zim Piraeus, a container ship owned by Israel’s largest cargo shipping company, Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. Zim Piraeus is viewed as “a national security asset” to Israel and is currently required by the Israeli government to “maintain at least 11 ships to serve Israel’s needs in times of national emergency.” Thousands of protesters, including an estimated 5,000 who marched on the Port of Oakland, located on the San Francisco Bay in Oakland, California, have not only prevented the Zim Piraeus from unloading but from docking on the West Coast. These protests, which have been successfully taking place against incoming Zim vessels at the Port of Long Beach and Port of Seattle, have caused financial damage that has so far been substantial but which may get a lot worse according to maritime industry journal Lloyd’s List (subscription only) which has published that Israeli shipping sources suggest other container carriers may be wary of working with Zim because of its ties to Israel.

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