Hundreds of activists and dockworkers responded to an international call to action and successfully prevented an Israel-owned vessel from unloading its cargo at Oakland in California on Friday. At around 6pm, the Volans, a cargo vessel owned and operated by the ZIM shipping corporation, pulled out of port with its cargo intact.
It was apparently bound for Los Angeles, according to an online schedule.
Protesters had prevented the ship from docking at Oakland for more than two weeks after its scheduled arrival date.
The vessel ostensibly attempted to avoid the picket line.
“By refusing to unload Israeli cargo, Oakland workers are throwing a wrench in the Israeli economy and putting pressure on Israeli apartheid,” tweeted Jewish Voice for Peace.
“Each day the ZIM ship can’t unload, the largest Israeli shipping company loses millions of [dollars],” the group added.
Since then, ZIM ships have not tried to dock at the Oakland port – until this past month.
“Rank-and-file members of ILWU Local 10 stand against Israeli apartheid and with our brothers and sisters in Palestine,” union member Jimmy Salameh stated.