Above photo: Brooke Anderson/Movement Photographer.
Activists hold first ever pro-Palestine protest in NY-NJ Port.
After their success blocking an Israeli ZIM cargo ship from unloading at the Port of Oakland on Friday, pro-Palestine activists held the first-ever pro-Palestine protest in the Port of NY-NJ.
The newly formed Block the Boat NY coalition organized a protest against the ZIM Tarragona, which was scheduled to arrive at the port Sunday morning.
Today the newly formed #BlockTheBoat NY-NJ coalition that WOL is a part of made history by holding the 1st ever protest/picket for Palestine in the Port of NY-NJ: 500 people strong! From South Africa to Oakland to NY-NJ, the struggle to #ShutDownApartheid continues. @AROCBayArea pic.twitter.com/C5ylc4aOYA
— Within Our Lifetime (@WOLPalestine) June 6, 2021
The protest has been organized as part of the International Week-of-Action called by the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) of San Francisco.
Hundreds of pro-Palestine protesters had prevented the unloading of the Israeli container ship from Asia at the Port of Oakland on Friday, with the cooperation of the local longshoremen’s union, which refused to unload the vessel.
This current mobilization follows a call from labor unions in Palestine asking workers and communities worldwide to refuse to deal with Israeli-apartheid profiteering companies as part of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Protests against ZIM and Israeli apartheid are now multiplying, with protests and pickets planned this week in Los Angeles, Seattle/Tacoma, Houston, Vancouver, Detroit, and Philadelphia. More actions are anticipated in Italy and South Africa.