Block the boat | South Seattle Emerald

by Guy Oron

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On Saturday morning, June 12, about 250 protesters gathered on Harbor Island to prevent the Port of Seattle from unloading cargo from an Israeli shipping company ship, the ZIM San Diego. Gathered at 5:30 a.m., protesters marched to the entrance to Terminal 18 and blocked the road, disrupting traffic for about an hour.

After an hour, protesters declared victory after hearing from sources within the stevedores’ union that the ship would not be operating that day.

Organizers target ZIM as part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for its role in supporting the State of Israel. The once state-owned company is now a publicly listed company and is the tenth largest shipping company in the world.

The BDS movement aims to isolate the State of Israel and complicate business economically and politically until it defends equal rights for Palestinian citizens of Israel, ends the military occupation of the Palestine and the siege of Gaza, and guarantees the right of return of Palestinian refugees displaced from their homes. ZIM, along with a number of other companies, is on the boycott list.

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