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Anti-Israel BDS Nuttery at the Port of Oakland

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

(Reprinted with permission from Liberty Unyielding) Activists from the San Francisco area BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment, Sanction) against Israel pulled a stunt over the last two and half days in Oakland, over which they are crowing loudly at the moment. It isn’t likely to amount to much. But it has revealed, as such events do, the links among radicals and terrorists.

Operating under the slogan “Block the Boat,” the BDS groups put together a demonstration at the port of Oakland, intended to prevent the longshoremen who work there from unloading cargo from the ZIM Piraeus, a ship operated by ZIM America Integrated Shipping Lines.

ZIM is the main Israeli shipping company. ZIM Piraeus is probably carrying little if any cargo that originated from Israel; ZIM is a global company which provides shipping services to contracting customers, and ZIM Piraeus is transporting cargo from the duty free zone at the port of Colon, Panama to Oakland. (ZIM Piraeus left Colon on 7 August, according to online ship tracking sites. Prior to Colon, ZIM Piraeus was in Kingston, Jamaica on 4 August; Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 31 July; and Newark, NJ on the 29th. She went to Newark in July from Colon.)

ZIM Piraeus in happier days. (Image: ShipSpotting.com user b47b56)

ZIM Piraeus in happier days. (Image: ShipSpotting.com user b47b56)

ZIM Piraeus in happier days. In Cristobal, Panama in 2011. (Image: ShipSpotting.com user b47b56)

ZIM Piraeus isn’t Israeli-owned or flagged, incidentally. The owner is Costamare, Inc., a Greek-headquartered fleet operator incorporated in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. (ZIM Piraeus, a Panamax container ship, was built in Greece too.) Costamare, Inc. has ZIM Piraeus registered (flagged) in Hong Kong. ZIM America contracts with Costamare to manage and operate ZIM Piraeus. The ship’s crew would be an international mix of mariners, and quite probably has no Israelis at all.

Given the ship’s stop in Colon before heading to Oakland, the most likely origins of any cargo she’s carrying to Oakland are China and the nations of Latin America. The companies expecting the cargo are, of course, in the United States.

ZIM Piraeus was reportedly supposed to dock on Saturday, but appears to have delayed her arrival because of the protests, which began prior to the originally scheduled arrival time. Today’s protesters may not remember this, but ZIM undoubtedly does: in 2010, when protesters in Oakland sought to interdict the offloading of another ZIM-contracted cargo ship, the ship delayed her arrival and was able to unload cargo with no problem. The protesters succeeded only in preventing an innocent Chinese cargo ship from unloading her cargo.

So ZIM tried the delaying tactic again. Piraeus didn’t enter port until Sunday afternoon (the 17th). The protesters were still there, however, and in a triumph of prior coordination, the longshoremen’s local, ILWU 10, decided not to brave the protesters to get to their shift, deeming the demonstrators’ presence to create an “unsafe environment” for the workers. (Late-breaking: as this goes to post, tweets from activists on scene indicate the longshoremen declined to make their shift for the second day in a row.) BvYDvv_CAAAJA0V

Under normal circumstances, the port operator and the longshoremen’s union would have an arbiter adjudicate such a situation, since the longshoremen would be bound contractually to show up for work and unload the ZIM Piraeus’s cargo. There would be a third party imposing some accountability on the union. But this is one of a handful of reasons why the current BDS triumph is likely to have little impact. The longshoremen’s contract expired on 1 July, and they’ve been working in the weeks since without one. That makes their status a gray area – but it’s a condition specific to the present moment.

ZIM Piraeus Successfully Unloads, Moves On to Next Port of Call #BlockTheBoat = #EpicFail

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Despite their best efforts, BDS anarchists didn’t succeed in blocking the ZIM cargo ship from unloading, as the Piraeus successfully unloaded its cargo overnight, a few hours after docking, and moved on to its next port of call.

The ship cast off at 8:45am California time.

Unfortunately for Oakland’s port, their reputation has been seriously harmed, and they are looking unreliable to the cargo companies.

The Jihadi supporting protesters are claiming financial losses to ZIM by the delay they caused, but most likely the ZIM ship is properly insured, in which case ZIM will suffer no losses at all.

In 2011, Occupy Oakland managed to close the entire Oakland port for a few hours, causing 4 million dollars in losses.

Unless Oakland port find a solution to their protester problem, there is a good chance that ZIM will find safer ports to do business with, and other concerned cargo firms will follow.

That certainly won’t be good for Oakland’s economy or investment in the port, but that may also be one of the protesters’ goals.

h/t @buberzionist

Breaking News: #BlocktheBoat #EpicFail as ZIM Unloads

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Members of the ILWU dock workers’ union in Oakland, California on Wednesday afternoon unloaded the ZIM ship that anti-Israel picketers blocked last week.

Angry protesters were helpless to stop the work; the ship had left port earlier this week and sailed towards the direction of Los Angeles but then made a U-turn and returned to the same harbor.

Longshoremen were pulled off task from other ships in the middle of the night to unload the ZIM vessel.

Police kept the anti-Israel protesters at bay. Twitter posts tweeted, “Lots of shoving, surprised no arrests yet…ILWU longshoremen are already past your ‘picket line’ and unloading ZIM now you dufus…Haha the anti-Zionist trolls are coming out but it’s too late. Ship’s unloading. Port of Oakland really put one over on them.”

On the #BlockTheBoat Twitter thread, one poster wrote,” Cops blocking public sidewalk, shoving us violently. No way for protesters to leave from where we came. Won’t explain legal basis for blocking public sidewalk…One cop shoved me into back of a second cop, but a third cop was nice enough to shove me in a whole new direction…

“Very tense. We had a great working relationship w/ cops until they impeded our ability to picket. Now we are ‘pissed.’”

Pro-Gaza protesters led by Palestinian Arab groups had successfully blockaded the Piraeus, a ZIM Integrated Shipping Services vessel, at the Oakland port in a protest against Israel’s counter terror operation in Gaza.

Several hundred Oakland protesters gathered again in a picket line Sunday after the ZIM vessel docked, approximately 24 hours after it was forced to circle in the Pacific Ocean to avoid a mob of thousands at the same port the previous day.

The container ship left the Port of Oakland Tuesday afternoon before returning to a different part of the harbor.

“The ZIM Integrated Shipping Lines vessel Piraeus left the port and got underway headed for Los Angeles, according to a real time marine traffic tracking web site,” Inside BayArea.com reported.

It added that after sailing nearly 20 miles, it turned back towards the port in Oakland and then sailed again past the eastern shore of San Francisco before returning to port.

Picketers had successfully stopped the longshoremen’s union members from unloading the boat and showed Israeli social activist and ‘Yesh Atid’ party chairman Yair Lapid at dawn on Tuesday how to set up a picket line.

“We will not work under armed police escort –not with our experience with the police in this community,” said ILWU Local 10 President Melvin MacKay in a statement. McKay was referring to a 2003 anti-war demonstration in which Oakland police fired rubber bullets at demonstrators and injured several longshoremen.

Mohamed Shehk, a spokesman for the Block the Boat movement, had expressed confidence that the picket would force ZIM to conclude the company could forget about unloading ships in Oakland or anywhere else on the West Coast.

He was wrong.

 

Anti-Israel BDS Protesters Target Kedem Cosmetics in Manchester

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Riot police in the British city of Manchester have had their hands full this summer trying to keep people safe when they shop at the Israeli-owned Kedem Cosmetics shop on King Street.

Products from Caesarea, a town located along the Mediterranean coast, are sold in the shop, along with Dead Sea products from Israel.

“This shop has been under siege for weeks from pro-Palestinian protesters in a smart part of Manchester’s shopping area. Things have got ugly,” a source told TheJewishPress.com on condition of anonymity.

The shop has been the focal point of a campaign to denounce Israel over its counter terror Operation Protective Edge, which started last month to silence the incessant rocket fire raining down on southern Israeli civilians.

Pro-‘Palestine’ demonstrators – some of whom could easily be called rioters – have abused and shoved the store’s staff. Others block customers from entering the shop, a source said. At least one “protester” was arrested last month on charges of disturbing the public order, according to the Manchester Evening News. Riot police were required to maintain order on several occasions.

A counter protest group also appeared to support Israel in front of the shop, a British-registered company.

A protester from ‘Palestine Solidarity,’ John Nicholson of Longsight, told MEN he had been demonstrating in front of the shop for ‘six days running to try and close down Kedem, a shop selling Israeli goods.”

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police told MEN, meanwhile, that police were present to maintain “lawful and peaceful protest” but that there had been “no reports of any serious disorder” and that protests had “passed peacefully.”

Anti-Israeli Rioters Attack British Police and Ransack Supermarket

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

A measly crowd in London of 100 anti-Israeli rioters, most of them of Asian descent, protested outside a Tesco store that sells Israeli products while others barged inside and attacked nearly two dozen police officers Saturday.

“A group of Asian men holding Palestinian flags came walking in and starting to push products over and getting aggressive with staff and shoppers. Police officers tried to stop them but I ran out,” one shopper told the London Telegraph.

Only one person was arrested for assaulting a police officer.

The Birmingham, England’s store’s sin that drew the protest was its selling Israeli products. Rioters grabbed merchandise off the shelves and smashed them on the floor and yelled at shoppers and workers, many of who fled in fear.

Chanting demonstrators threw produce to the floor and shouted at staff and shoppers

A police statement described the protest outside the store as ”peaceful” but added that some protesters “began throwing stock inside Tesco store [and] two [were] escorted from [the] premises.” One person inside the store told the Daily Mail that the rioters “wreaked havoc.”

Tesco customers were not impressed by the riot and went on social media to castigate the behavior as Idiotic” and “disgusting,” among other adjectives.

“Peace protest? I think not. Disgusting!” one tweet stated. Another tweeter with the Arabic-sounding name, of Wagar Ahmed, wrote, “This isn’t helping the Palestinian cause. In fact, it’s doing the opposite.” Mehr Ali tweeted, “How is this going to help Gaza. Idiots.”

More to the point, how is this going to help Britain, where Islamic law already has been recognized in several areas.

Pro-Hamas Member of Parliament earlier this month called on a city to ban from the city anything and anyone connected with Israel.

British expatriates who have returned to their native country for a visit in the last several years have reported they are in shock of what is a rapidly growing de facto fanatic Muslim revolution.

Fear of confronting the fact of the crushing of British democratic values and morals has left Britons defenseless against.

Saturday’s protest ostensibly was against a store selling Israeli products but in a larger context was another riot against Western culture.

George Galloway Declares ‘Israel-Free Zone’ in British City

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Hamas enthusiast and British Member of Parliament George Galloway has unilaterally declared the city of Bradford an “Israel-free zone” that rejects all Israeli goods, services, academics and tourists.

He made the declaration ay a meeting of his Respect Party in Leeds, where en encouraged the city also to rid itself of Israelis.

In his speech, seen in the video below, Galloway stated, “We reject this illegal, barbarous, savage state that calls itself Israel. And you have to do the same.

Rampant Anti-Semitism Is Flourishing across the World

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Sitting in my office almost forty floors above ground level in midtown Manhattan last week, I was astounded to be drawn away from my work by chants of “Free free Palestine” and “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” Even up in the clouds, the demonstrators’ voices were clear and loud, almost as if they were just outside my window.

Based on the level of violent protests taking place across the globe, the pro-Palestinians in New York seemed comparably tame – yet no less offensive. For if there is any question that chants of “from the river to the sea” are wishful thinking for the annihilation of the Jewish State of Israel, the calls for “Death to Israel” were anything but vague.

Domestically, pro-Palestinians are using Israel’s defensive military incursion into Gaza as an excuse to let loose on the Jews. In San Francisco, 300 anti-Israel protestors surrounded and threatened 30 peaceful pro-Israel demonstrators. In addition to the usual chants, they screamed, “Long live the intifada, we support the intifada,” calling for violent uprising against Israelis.

At a protest this weekend in Los Angeles, what began as a peaceful pro-Israel event escalated as pro-Palestinians attacked the demonstrators, drawing in Federal Homeland Security officers, one of whom was forced to fire a weapon. Farther north in Seattle, signs and chants reflected more of a general hatred of Jews rather than simply protests regarding the current conflict in Gaza. “Zionist Israel = Nazi Germany”; “Palestine screams terror, Israel screams greed”; “AIPAC Supports the Murder of Children”; and a poster depicting a Jew eating a gentile child with a cup of blood on the side are but a few examples of the anti-Semitic displays.

Not to be outdone by their anti-Semitic brethren out west, here on the east coast (aka the other left coast), protests were not limited to the streets of New York. In Philadelphia, a pro-Israel vigil was interrupted by the typical chants for Israel’s destruction, but it was in Boston where things turned physical as a pro-Israel activist was assaulted by a woman shouting “that Muslims and Christians would someday take possession of Jerusalem and that the ‘Jews will go to hell, inshallah [God willing].’”

Alas, the domestic ugliness is in fact tame compared to the violent demonstrations erupting throughout Europe, reminding us that the hatred that led to the Holocaust during World War II remains alive and well. Last week pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Paris led to hundreds of Jews being besieged inside a synagogue while police clashed with the violent extremists; three Jews were hospitalized. While the pro-Palestinian demonstrators on Paris streets outnumbered domestic events, the violence, which the leader of the French ecology party justified, was quite distressing. One reporter stated, “What I have seen today is Arab hatred against Jews. Pure hatred. Right in the middle of Paris. Don’t try to ‘explain’ or ‘understand’, it was hatred, period.”

This past weekend, a rabbi walking to synagogue in Casablanca was badly beaten while his cries for help were ignored by passersby. Earlier this week, neo-Nazi Islamists took to the streets in Frankfurt chanting, “You Jews are beasts.” The police allowed the protestors to use their vehicles and megaphones, purportedly in order to “deescalate” the situation. In London, protestors stood in front of the Israeli embassy and in “blood curdling speeches” compared “Palestine” to Auschwitz and Dachau as “some mocked the Holocaust, others disfigured the Israeli flag, a few screamed ‘Allahu Akbar’, [and] they all called for the destruction of the Jewish state.”

Despite the latest wave of pro-Palestinian demonstrations, it is important to recognize that anti-Semitic voices are not new. In Europe, anti-Semitism is so pervasive that some are questioning whether Jews even have a future living there. Even before the violent demonstrations in response to Operation Protective Edge, Jews in Europe have been targeted – e.g., the recent murder of four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. France is particularly hostile, with 50% of all racist crimes in France motivated by anti-Semitism despite Jews representing 1% of the population.

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