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Demonstrators Successfully Blocked Israeli Cargo Ship at Port of OaklandBay Area

Demonstrators Successfully Blocked Israeli Cargo Ship at Port of Oakland

OAKLAND—Hundreds of demonstrators picketed yesterday in front of six different gates at the Port of Oakland to block an Israeli container ship from unloading in protest of Israel’s apartheid policies. The Volans ship, operated by Israeli shipping company Zim, was successfully blocked and pulled out of the port with its cargo at around 6 pm. For weeks, the Palestine solidarity movement in the Bay Area, with efforts led by the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC), prevented the ship from arriving on its regular docking schedule. “Our monumental victory against Israel’s largest cargo shipping company demonstrates that gone are the days that the apartheid state of Israel can expect to do business as usual,” said AROC’s Executive Director Lara Kiswani…

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