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The recent protest of an Israeli cargo ship at the port of Oakland was successful in part because of the cooperation of dock workers unions with the protesters...


You may have heard about the protest action at the Oakland harbor that prevented an Israeli ship from unloading
(all part of the Boycott, Divestiture and Sanctions movement).


Here at the dailykos, jpmassar has been providing some scenes from the front lines.

Myself, I first read about it in some articles at the Guardian UK (as many of us realized during the Iraq war, reading the British press is practically a necessity to follow what's going on in the United States):


More recently, there was some coverage of this over at a local weekly, the San Francisco Bay Guardian (and one notes that this SF Guardian story was written by the same Rebecca Bowe who's been covering it for the Guardian UK).  This supplies some interesting information about how they got the protest to work: essentially, they got the dock workers union's on their side.

Quoting Lara Kiswani, "executive director of the San Francisco-based Arab Resource & Organizing Center":

"Our members have been going to the union halls every morning, at five in the morning, to the hiring halls, where the workers go and get their assignments for the day," Kiswani explained in an Aug. 16 interview. "We go there ... to leaflet, and let them know about this action, because we didn't want to just show up."

Quite a few things are interesting about this.  One is that this sounds like a model for a successful protest, an attempt at confronting the real opponent, and yet also trying to work with the bystanders who will inevitably be inconvenienced by the action.

Another interesting point is that, as Bowe suggests, this could turn out to be precedent setting, it may be difficult for Israel to convince any port to accept this cargo if all of the unions choose to respect the call made here in Oakland.


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  •  Thanks for this informative diary (2+ / 0-)
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    CIndyCasella, letsgetreal

    and thanks for the links.

    It isn't just because I live 5 miles from where this occurred, it is also because of this passage that I'm tipping and recommending this diary:

    This supplies some interesting information about how they got the protest to work: essentially, they got the dock workers union's on their side.
    Does that jump out at anyone else the way it did at me?

    "Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come." --Rumi

    by karmsy on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 05:02:35 PM PDT

    •  It requires going out there to educate people who (2+ / 0-)
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      karmsy, David54

      have been served a false narrative repeatedly for years by the MSM about the truth.

      Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson

      by CIndyCasella on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 05:18:00 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  And it is potentially quite incendiary. (3+ / 0-)
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        David54, oslyn7, letsgetreal

        The analogy is the mutually synergistic character of progressive causes: work on "living wage," also benefits "feminism," also "lbgt rights," also "rights for POC." And so on.

        Locals hear about anti-Israeli boycotts, and they start to sympathize with them.

        Of course it's not picked up by the commercial media.

        Things catch fire, and they burn out of control. They hate that.

        "Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come." --Rumi

        by karmsy on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 05:25:42 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  You boycotted a ship owned by Israeli traitors (4+ / 0-)
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    TLS66, slipper, jake321, JNEREBEL
    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced sanctions on seven international companies due to their unsavory ties to Iran’s energy sector, and one of those companies is based in Israel.

    The Ofer Brothers Group, a familyowned business that owns Zim Integrated Shipping Services, the world’s 10th largest shipping company; a majority of the Israel Corporation, the country’s largest holding company; and more, has been slapped with penalties for allegedly providing an $8.65 million tanker to the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines, according to the US Department of State.

    http://www.jpost.com/...

    As a supporter of Israel I thank you for your boycott against one of Israel's internal enemies.

  •  Considering the US and NATO countries (1+ / 0-)
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    jake321

    engage in the same activities Israel does (killing civilians in Libya and instituting a naval blockade of Libya), I expect these BDS'ers to stop all the ships that come from other parts of the US and NATO countries. After all, they wouldn't want to be hypocrites, right?

  •  Unloaded (3+ / 0-)
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    doomvox, jake321, JNEREBEL

    Probably worth noting that the Zim Piraeus unloaded in Oakland on Wednesday 8/20.  The diary you noted was good, but it's out of date at this point.

    •  thanks (1+ / 0-)
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      letsgetreal

      Thanks, I hadn't heard.  Dissapointing, of course, but not terribly so-- the point of this sort of protest isn't necessarily to inflict huge, permanent losses or anything like that.  The real goal is to keep the issue alive, to keep people talking about it...

  •  Another world shattering Palestinian lead BDS v... (0+ / 0-)

    Another world shattering Palestinian lead BDS victory. Oh, the ship unloaded here in Oakland days ago? .....never mind.....

    And what's new? As of now after almost ten years about all the major Israeli companies that have been put on the BDS hit list have seen their sales increase. Time for the Israeli Chamber of Commerce to give an award to BDS for meritorious service to the Israeli economy.

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