Sunday, August 17, 2014

Protesters in California prevent Israeli ship from docking

CA used to be the Land of Fruit and Nuts.  Now it is the Land of the just plain unhinged.

According to Dr Paul Larudee, a co-founder of the Free Palestine movement, thousands of activists waving Palestinian flags turned out to blockade the Israeli cargo ship Ever Lasting, which pulled into a harbour in the San Francisco Bay on Saturday morning.

The protesters intended to form a picket line to prevent work crews from unloading the ship, responding to the Palestinian General Federation Trade Union's BDS call for workers around the world to refuse to handle Israeli goods. "The Ever Lasting and its sister ship ZIM Piraeus were both due to be unloaded that day," Dr Larudee told MEMO.

"As it approached the docks, however, the Ever Lasting was ordered by the port authority to return to the entrance and moor to the side until further notice. In the meantime, the ZIM Piraeus had been treading water off the coast of Monterey since the previous evening."

He added that, "The reaction of the port authority and the decision to delay the arrival of one of the ships was apparently due to the knowledge that the dock workers were going to respect the picket line of the demonstrators."
But the real kicker is what one of the commenters posted:
mariamorningstarparker (signed in using yahoo) Unfortunately for everyone involved, the Everlasting is not an Israeli ship, nor does it sail to Israel. Its Hong Kong flagged and owned by a Chinese company. This error is embarrassing to the movement- and 5 minutes on the Internet could save a whole lot of explaining down the road, so i urge everyone to do their homework first, before we prevent another Chinese from unloading. We did the same thing in 2010, btw- you'd think we would have learned by now.

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