Israeli cargo ship blocked in Oakland Port docks in LA
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Israeli cargo ship blocked in Oakland Port docks in LA

Zim Shanghai couldn’t unload Saturday after pro-Palestinian protesters threatened longshoremen

A container ship sails into port (illustrative photo: Tsafrir Abayov/Flash90)
A container ship sails into port (illustrative photo: Tsafrir Abayov/Flash90)

An Israeli-owned cargo ship prevented by pro-Palestinian demonstrators from unloading in the Oakland Port will try to unload in Los Angeles.

The Zim Shanghai docked in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning, according to tracking by the website marinetraffic.com. It was still carrying its original cargo.

The ship, which is owned by Zim Integrated Shipping Services, Israel’s largest shipping company, was unable to unload Saturday after some 200 activists prevented workers at the Oakland Port from getting near the ship. Approximately 50 police officers were on hand but did not intervene.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union released a statement saying, “The ILWU is not among the groups organizing the protests, and the leadership and membership of the ILWU have taken no position on the Israel/Gaza conflict.”

The union said its members could not unload the ship because “longshoremen and clerks trying to report to work were threatened physically at some points of ingress and their personal vehicles were physically blocked. As such, all personnel stood-by outside of the demonstration perimeters for health and safety purposes.”

A spokeswoman for Block the Boat, which has organized previous protests of Zim ships at the Oakland Port, told Reuters that the organization was not responsible for the weekend demonstration in Oakland but was carried out by individuals.

In August, demonstrators prevented the Zim Piraeus from unloading at the Oakland Port for five days in order to draw attention to Israel’s operation in Gaza. The Piraeus feigned a return to sea before doubling back secretly to port.

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