[News] Block the Israeli Zim Ship at the Port of Oakland, Saturday, August 16th

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*Block the Israeli Zim Ship at the Port of Oakland*
*Saturday, August 16th*
*5am – meet at West Oakland Bart and march to Berth 57*

*STOP THE SIEGE ON GAZA!***
*END THE COLONIAL OCCUPATION OF PALESTINE!***
*RIGHT OF RETURN FOR ALL PALESTINIAN REFUGEES!***
*FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!***
*BOYCOTT, DIVEST, SANCTION!*

/*Whats*//*happening?*/
The world has watched in horror as Israel has continued to bombard and 
devastate Gaza. Millions around the globe have come out in support of 
the Palestinian people and against the Zionist regime, holding massive 
marches, demonstrations, and actions. Here in the Bay, San Francisco 
witnessed some of the biggest mobilizations in recent years, with a 
series of marches, each bringing out thousands of people. It’s time to 
step it up.

/​/*/Call to Action/*

Palestineis calling us to action! Palestinians laborers, Palestinian 
General Federation Trade Union (PGFTU), have called on workers around 
the world to refuse to handle Israel goods. Palestinians throughout 
Gaza, the West Bank and 1948 Palestine have demonstrated their unity in 
the struggle against Apartheid Israel and have taken to the streets in 
the tens of thousands, bravely facing Israeli military armed with US 
made weapons to call on the international community to stand with them 
as they resist Zionism throughout all of historic Palestine. We will be 
answering this call by organizing community pickets at the Port of 
Oakland, asking the longshoreman to honor this request and to stand with 
the people of Palestine as they have done in the past.

/*​ Historical Background*/
During apartheid in South Africa, ILWU workers made history when they 
refused to unload South African cargo in San Francisco in 1984. This 
action was a major catalyst for international anti-apartheid solidarity 
and struggle worldwide. In 2010, after a Turkish flotilla, the Mavi 
Marmara, was attacked by Israel for attempting to bring humanitarian aid 
to Gaza, we built on ILWU’s history and successfully blocked the Israeli 
Zim ship from being unloaded at the Port of Oakland — the first time in 
history an Israeli ship was blocked. We will be continuing this legacy 
by organizing to block the Israeli ship once again. And just as 
apartheid fell in South Africa, so to it will fall in Israel!

/​/*/Sustained BDS in the Bay/*
If there is one thing that the latest Israeli attacks show, it’s the 
power of Palestinian resilience. The resistance in Gaza is still alive 
and thriving, despite Israel’s ongoing attempts to destroy it. But we 
should always remember that the Palestinian resistance did not begin 
with Israel’s latest bombardment, nor did it begin during the last 
bombardment. It has been going on since 1948, since Israel came into 
existence. And it will not cease until Israeli apartheid falls.

*We refuse to allow Israel to conduct its business as usual, here in the 
Bay and everywhere!*

/*Every Saturday,*/the Israeli owned Zim shipping line docks and unloads 
its cargo at the Port of Oakland. Let this action be the beginning of a 
sustained campaign to stop the Israeli ship from ever unloading in our town.

>From Seattle to Oakland to Los Angeles – turn the Israeli ship around!

We encourage all of our allies on the West Coast to join us in ensuring 
that Zim ships are not welcome anywhere.

*Not in Palestine*

*Not in the Bay*

*Not Anywhere*

*Stand Against Apartheid Everywhere*

Endorsed by:

AROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center
Arab Youth Organizing (AYO)
Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA)
US Palestinian Community Network
Palestinian Youth Movement
American Muslims for Palestine
General Union of Palestine Students – SFSU
Students for Justice in Palestine – Cal
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
International Jewish Anti Zionist Network
ANSWER Coalition
Queers Undermining Israeli Terror
Catalyst
Freedom Archives
Haiti Action Committee
Jewish Voice for Peace
Global Women’s Strike
International Action Center
Workers World Party
American Friends Service Committee

​ To endorse or for more info:info at araborganizing.org 
<mailto:info at araborganizing.org> ​


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