Meanwhile, in California, hundreds of Bay Area peace activists have
pulled off what organizers are calling a historic first in temporarily
preventing an Israeli ship from unloading its goods. The activists began
their action Sunday morning by forming a picket line at the Port of
Oakland, where the ship was scheduled to dock.
"We want to send a clear message that if you commit acts of piracy on
the high sea; if you go and attack civilians and kill them in cold
blood, execution-style; if you put Gaza under siege; if you build an
apartheid wall; we will not honor your Israeli commerce right here in
The activists were able to prevent the
ship from unloading after the local longshoremen’s union refused to
cross the picket line. They’re aiming to hold up the ship for
twenty-four hours. The protest follows similar actions in countries
including Sweden, Norway and South Africa.