Israeli container ship prevented from docking at the Prince Rupert, B.C

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On June 14, 2021 CBC reported:

An Israeli container ship was prevented from docking Monday at the Prince Rupert, B.C., port after a group of about 10 protesters — whose aim is to block Israel from shipping goods to North America — formed a picket line at an entrance to the Fairview container terminal.

The container ship, the Volans — owned by Israeli shipping company ZIM — was anchored in Prince Rupert’s harbour for most of the day Sunday.

The protesters said they were acting in solidarity with a movement called Block the Boat, which aims to block Israel from shipping goods to this continent as a reaction to the recent conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants.

The ship was unable to dock as protestors set up a picket line at the terminal’s entrance, which unionized longshore workers would not cross. International Longshore Workers Union (ILWU) local 505 members are required to tie down and unload ships that enter the terminal.

On June 14, 2021 CBC AROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center reported:

Communities in Prince Rupert, Canada have blocked the Israeli ZIM-operated Volans ship! ILWU Local 505 port workers in Prince Rupert have honored community pickets organized by First Nation, Arab, and allied community members preventing ZIM from unloading cargo. This is the same ZIM-operated Volans ship that Oakland communities blocked and turned away just over a week ago after ILWU Local 10 workers also honored community pickets led by AROC.

This also comes as @Falastiniyat in Seattle have so far successfully prevented another Israeli ZIM ship from being unloaded. The Israeli ZIM company is quickly realizing that their apartheid-profiteering ships and business are not welcome at any port on the West Coast from Oakland, to Seattle, to Prince Rupert! WE ARE WINNING!

Communities in Prince Rupert are calling on people to join them now at the port to ensure that the ship does not get unloaded during the night shift! Text your name to (855) 713-2006 to get live updates.

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