Activists, Port Officials Disagree on Whether Israeli Cargo Ship was Blocked in Long Beach

Categories: Long Beach

See the update at the end of this post where activists claim victory in blocking an Israeli cargo ship at the Long Beach port, where officials counter operations went off without a hitch.

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International Longshore and Warehouse Union
A Zim ship from Israel is the target of a protest Saturday.

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 22, 5:22 P.M.: An Israeli cargo ship will be prevented from loading and unloading cargo at the Port of Long Beach Saturday morning, a coalition of activists in solidarity with the Palestinian people has vowed.

Protesters from the labor movement; ANSWER Coalition Los Angeles; Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions-LA; American Muslims for Palestine; US Palestinian Community Network; International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network; Global Women's Strike; Jewish Voice for Peace-LA, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition (Al-Awda) and others plan to gather at 6 a.m. at the corner of Pier A Way and Pier A Plaza in Long Beach.

"Every week the Israeli-owned Zim shipping line docks and unloads its cargo at the Port in Long Beach. Let's turn this boat around and tell them that companies profiting from Israeli Apartheid are not welcome in LA!" reads a joint statement from the groups.

A Zim ship was just blocked for four straight days at the Port of Oakland.

You can follow the protest via Facebook and Twitter.

UPDATE, AUG. 25, 6:02 A.M.: A coalition of activists claimed victory Saturday in blocking the Israeli cargo ship Zim Haifa from loading and unloading at the Long Beach port. Here's part of their statement:

Over 250 people from throughout Southern California took part in the community picket at the entrance to the pier called by the Block The Boat-LA Coalition. We were there to show strong community support for the recent call by the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) asking workers around the world to stand in solidarity with Palestinian workers, particularly those in Gaza who have been targeted so brutally by Israel over the last month, by refusing to handle Israeli goods. We were asking dock workers from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) to stand in solidarity with their Palestinian sisters and brothers and refuse to unload the Zim Haifa.   The picket started at 6 a.m. and was very colorful and boisterous from the beginning. At around 8 a.m. port workers began to leave and shortly it became clear that the day shift had been called off, meaning that the Zim Haifa would not be unloaded today. Our actions today have sent a clear message that the people of Los Angeles and the surrounding counties will not stand for companies that profit from apartheid, colonialism and occupation to do business here!
  But business was not stopped, according to David Siegel, Israeli Consul-General in Los Angeles, who reportedly told Haaretz during the height of the protest, "The information regarding this morning is completely baseless and the port is proceeding as usual this point. The ship is being unloaded now."

A spokesman for the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach confirmed for the Jewish news site that "peaceful protestors" left Long Beach by 9 a.m. and "there was no operational interruption or delay."

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Whophantom
Whophantom

If they want to support the cause, they should go back so Hamas can use them as human shields.


Enigma1984
Enigma1984

These protesters really need to learn the definition of apartheid, for starters. What an insult to people who have actually fought against true apartheid. Regardless, who are they to speak for Los Angeles?? Who says goods from Israel aren't welcome here? An infinitesimal number of protesters get to decide for this state with almost 40 million people in it? The dockworkers no doubt will quickly get annoyed with this. They have a job to do. Leave them alone and let them do it. 

madebutante
madebutante

We Did It! The Longshore workers union agreed to honor our picket line ! For this shift anyway. Next shift is 6PM Same location!

balloonmonkey7
balloonmonkey7

.....yeah....good luck. Getting sick of these pro-palestinian activists. They are showing their true colors every day. 


I am asian, so I have no allegiance to either the Palestinians or the Jews. However, I am annoyed how these palestinian activist are spreading their hate and narrow-minded views. Why don't you guys protest against the Hamas?? The government you voted for and put you in this big mess? The Hamas leaders are sitting in very nice luxury homes why they are using your people as human shields for their rockets.????


Unbelievable. 

feminista
feminista

I'm also "Asian" on the little box that I check with every application that I fill out. Protests like this are not new and were encouraged by people like Gandhi. In the videos and pictures that I've seen, I don't see any violence or hate by Palestinians. Instead, I see a lot of diversity. The queer community as well as the African-American community has also been participating along with the Asian community. The Palestinian cause is very diverse.

Also, just because they are Palestinian doesn't mean that they voted for Hamas. Most of these protesters are American citizens.

isuportpalestine
isuportpalestine

@balloonmonkey7 You stated you have no allegiance to either Palestinians or Jewish people So I get annoyed why people like you stick their nose in other peoples business for no reason other than to open the hole under their nose. With that said The same reason the world gets involved in affairs like the Tienanmen Square protests of 1989, a pro-democracy movement which ended on 4 June 1989 with the declaration of martial law in Beijing by the government and the shooting of several hundred or possibly thousands of civilians by soldiers. Does this sound familiar. SO! before you open your mouth and discharge negativity about their struggles consider the activist that are willing to stand up for freedom and against oppression. You only hear and see what Zionist pigs want you to hear in the news and on the radio. People like you make me sick. Otherwise STFU 

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

@feminista "The Palestinian cause is very diverse."


That's the funniest thing that I've heard all day. The cause is completely devoid of intellectual diversity, unless you draw subtle distinctions between the far left gays, the marxist blacks, and the pure communists of International ANSWER. There is no diversity of thought at all. What's really sad is the gay community supporting this, when Hamas is on record as saying that homosexuality deserves the death penalty and people accused of being homosexuals have been dragged out onto the street and killed there by Hamas operatives.


Enigma1984
Enigma1984

@feminista While some of the protests have been peaceful, I've seen a lot of ugliness at them as well. I don't think waving signs/flags with swastikas on them is conducive to peace. Also, many (and possibly most) of the protesters, while not having actually voted for Hamas, do support Hamas. 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@isuportpalestine 


Hey pale stein, you're a bigger dick.  Take your sick shit back to your shit-hole, worthless country.  

I hear Syria is looking for assholes.  Perhaps you could try there?

balloonmonkey7
balloonmonkey7

@isuportpalestine @balloonmonkey7 We are in the US_ and the constitution allows for "peaceful protests". This isn't a peaceful protest, and it infringes on business and consumer rights. It is just embarrassing. I live in the OC and this is every right my business since. So why don't you go eff off. 

feminista
feminista

I was talking about diversity in terms of ethnic backgrounds,cultures, and sexual orientation. Most of the support on the Israeli side tends to be mostly from white, straight folks. The Palestinian cause garners support from people of all different backgrounds. Just an observation. Diversity of thought would imply that there is only one way of thinking about Palestinian cause from the pro-palestinian side, but I would disagree. Many of us bring different understandings of the issue to the discussion.

feminista
feminista

Oh wow. I haven't seen any like that in California. I heard of protests getting violent in Paris, but not in California. I haven't seen this stuff in Pro-Palestinian rallies ever in California.

balloonmonkey7
balloonmonkey7

@Enigma1984 exactly...."many protestors(and possibly all"do support the Hamas....unfortunately.


These protests will just piss people off. As you can see, there are less and less support from the American public as each day goes by. 


Ya'all should be protesting against the Hamas...those that actually caused the war. It is a shame how these sentiments are so misguided. 



balloonmonkey7
balloonmonkey7

@isuportpalestine @isuportpalestine@balloonmonkey7 We are in the US_ and the constitution allows for "peaceful protests". This isn't a peaceful protest, and it infringes on business and consumer rights. It is just embarrassing. I live in the OC and this is every right my business. 


Isreal have contributed heavily to to science, medicine, and technology....if you are suffering from MS, breast cancer, or brain damage....then tuff luck.


Anyway- I think the hate is more apparent on the Palestine side...and I think the hate towards the Jews is very short sighted and misguided IMHO. Good luck. And I will pray for your people and hope this war is over soon, and hope your people let go of all this hate....it is very unhealthy btw. Peace. 

balloonmonkey7
balloonmonkey7

@feminista I'd like to see where you got your information on "most of the support of the Isreali side tends to be mostly white, straight folks" 


Show us the study, data, statistics, graphs....otherwise you are full of it. 

Enigma1984
Enigma1984

@feminista Thankfully the ones in California have not been violent like some of the ones in Europe have been. Hopefully, it will stay that way here. People don't have to burn flags or beat people up to make rallies ugly though. I have heard and seen some very hateful things at some of the recent rallies here. Very upsetting and disturbing.

Enigma1984
Enigma1984

@balloonmonkey7 Because the workers chose to take the day off rather than unload the boat, the protesters have deluded themselves into believing that means the dockworkers are "standing in solidarity" with Palestine and the boycott. Yup, I'm sure that's what it means. Respecting the picket line (or fearing for your safety from 100's of angry protesters) is exactly the same as standing in solidarity with them! ;)

feminista
feminista

Because everything you have claimed was backed by journal studies, correct? Yes, I'm being sarcastic this time. I wasn't the other time.

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