Posted by: Lister | February 3, 2009

Dock workers say they won’t off-load an Israeli ship

From South Africa’s Independent online:

Durban dock workers are expected to refuse to off-load an Israeli ship as part of a week of action against “apartheid” Israel, Cosatu and the Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) said on Tuesday.

Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven and PSC spokesperson Salim Vally said dock workers would refuse to off-load the ship arriving on Sunday, February 8, as part of a refusal to support oppression and exploitation across the globe.

SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) general secretary Randall Howard said the union’s members were committed to not handling Israeli goods.

Last year, Durban dock workers refused to off-load a shipment of arms from China that was destined for Zimbabwe.

Then comparisons are made to dockers who refused to off-load a ship from Apartheid South Africa. First in Denmark, then Sweden, Liverpool, San Francisco and Australia.

“This is the legacy and the tradition that South African dock workers have inherited, and it is a legacy they are determined to honour, by ensuring that South African ports of entry will not be used as transit points for goods bound for or emanating from certain dictatorial and oppressive states such as Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Israel.”

Cosatu called on other workers and unions across the globe to follow suit and to do all that is necessary to ensure that they boycott all goods to and from Israel until Palestine was free.



  1. It seems that the Israeli ship docked early to get around the strike. South Africa’s Independent online:

    A protest was held at the Durban Harbour mouth, off Margaret Mncadi Avenue (Victoria Embankment), on Sunday after the protesters learned that the ship had docked at the harbour last Wednesday, offloaded the goods on Thursday morning and left.

    […] The committee’s spokesperson, Salim Vally, said the incident was still a victory for the organisation as the ship’s goods had not been off-loaded by union members. He said other ships would arrive from Israel and would not be offloaded.

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