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    August 20, 2014

    Longest Blockade of Israeli Ship in History
    ZIM ship turned away from SSA in​ Oakland​!

    For four days straight the San Francisco Bay Area community blocked the Israeli ZIM ship from unloading at the SSA.  And today, we salute the rank and file workers of ILWU local 10 for standing with us against Israeli Apartheid by honoring our pickets and letting the ship go from the SSA terminal yesterday afternoon!

    Saturday we mobilized thousands of our community to show the world that Oakland does not welcome racism, apartheid or Zionism, from Ferguson to Palestine.  We flooded the streets and marched towards the Port only to discover that the ZIM ship decided to stay at Sea rather than dock and be confronted by the power of our numbers.  The ship attempted to dock and unload on Sunday, but within a half hour’s time hundreds of us organized community pickets requesting that workers to stand with us on the side of justice and not unload the Apartheid ship. And as ILWU rank and file always have, and as they did during South African Apartheid, they demonstrated their solidarity with the global fight against oppression and honored our picket. The following Monday and Tuesday saw both an organized call to action as well as autonomous protests determined to keep the ship from being unloaded.  These efforts coupled with worker solidarity continued the success of the weekend’s total blockade of the ZIM ship.

    Tuesday we declared a historic victory for Palestine as Oakland held down the longest blockade of an Israeli ship.  Not only did we block the boat, but we also showed the world that racist exclusionary state of Apartheid Israel has no place on our port, and will soon find that it has no place on any port on the West Coast. After being blocked from unloading at the SSA Terminal, the ZIM ship was forced to leave and unload at another Terminal where it was met with protests by autonomous activists. This even further delayed the unloading of the ship.

    From the use of tear gas to the training of police by Israeli military, Oakland feels firsthand the brutality of Israeli war-making.  And Palestine knows too well the role the US plays in facilitating the ongoing ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinian people.  From the policing and militarization of our local communities perfected with Israeli tactics of repression to the billions that the US provides Apartheid Israel, the connections are clear and are made for us.  And over the last four days we showed the world that we stand shoulder to shoulder from Palestine to Oakland to Ferguson as we struggle bring down every wall, every Apartheid system and every racist state.

    Palestine will be free.


    Block the Boat was organized by a coalition of autonomous activists and the following organizations: 

    AF3IRMAl-Awda New York
    All African People’s Revolutionary Party (AAPRP)
    American Friends Service Committee
    American Muslims for Palestine
    ANSWER Coalition
    APEN: Asian Pacific Environmental Network
    Arab Youth Organizing (AYO)
    AROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center
    ASATA: Alliance of South Asians Taking Action
    Bay Area Women in Black
    Bay Area CodePink
    Bay Area Latin America Solidarity Coalition
    Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee
    Black Organizing Project (BOP)
    Black Organizing Leadership and Dignity (BOLD)
    Black Workers For Justice
    Catalyst Project
    CodePink Washington
    Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism (CODZ)
    Communist Party of San Francisco
    Critical Resistance – LA
    Critical Resistance – Oakland
    Critical Resistance – Portland
    Descoloniza a Oakland/Decolonize Oakland
    Free Palestine Movement
    Freedom Archives
    Friends of Deir Ibzi’a
    Fuerza Mundial/Pueblos en Movimiento
    General Union of Palestine Students – SFSU
    Global Women’s Strike
    Gray Panthers of San Francisco
    Green Party of Alameda County
    Haiti Action Committee
    International Action Center
    International Jewish Anti Zionist Network
    International Solidarity Movement – West Bank/Gaza
    International Socialist Organization
    International Tribunal of Conscience for Camilo
    ISM-Nor Cal
    IWW Bay Area Branch
    Jewish Against Genocide
    Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
    Justice for Palestinians
    La Voz de l@s trabajadores/Worker’s Voice
    Labor for Palestine
    Lake Merritt Neighbors Organized for Peace
    Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
    Marcha Patriotica (Colombia) – California chapter
    Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA)
    Movement Generation
    National Lawyers Guild SFBA Chapter
    Noam Chomsky
    NorCal Friends of Sabeel
    Occupy SF Action Council
    ONYX Organizing Committee
    The Palestine-Israel Action Committee
    Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions
    Palestinian Youth Movement
    Queers Undermining Israeli Terror
    Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
    San Francisco Green Party
    School of the Americas Watch East Bay
    Socialist Alternative – Bay Area Branch
    Socialist Organizer
    SOUL: School of Unity and Liberation
    Southern Anti-Racism Network
    Stanford Students for Justice
    Stop the War Machine
    Students for Justice in Palestine – Cal
    Totally Radical Muslims
    UAW Local 2865 (Academic Student Workers at the University of California)
    US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
    US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott
    US Palestinian Community Network
    Veterans For Peace Chapter 69
    World Can’t Wait Bay Area
    Workers World Party
    Xicana Moratorium