October 7: Block ZIM Apartheid Shipping – Vancouver

Tuesday, October 7
Meet at Arthur (53rd) and Deltaport Way. Time will be updated soon.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1470729639876275/

This summer, Israel’s bombardment of Gaza, Palestine killed over 2137 Palestinians, including over 500 children. More than 10,000 are wounded, including over 3,000 children. 20,000 homes have been destroyed completely or beyond possibility of repair, and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were displaced.

Thousands of people took to the streets in Vancouver – part of millions around the world –  to express their outrage and horror at this brutal assault, supported all the while by the Canadian government and the representatives of all political parties. Palestinian resilience and resistance under the Israeli bombardment inspired the people of the world to take action and step up the campaign to Boycott, Divest and Sanction!

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services is a cornerstone corporation of the Israeli economy that operates a large, global fleet. In Oakland, California, thousands of protesters came out – and blocked a ZIM ship from unloading for 4 days thanks thanks to the solidarity of ILWU Local 10 longshore workers who refused to cross the picket line. In Long Beach, California, another ZIM ship was stopped from unloading by a community port picket. In Seattle and Tacoma, ZIM’s boats were delayed to avoid protests and ZIM’s business as usual was disrupted at the port. Read more: Protestors block and delay Israeli ships up and down US West Coast

Vancouver is building its campaign to Block the Boat after its initial action on September 6. Join us on October 7 for education, protest and leafleting to block apartheid shipping in Vancouver’s port!

Palestinian labor organizations, including the Palestinian General Federation Trade Union (PGFTU), have called on workers around the world to refuse to handle Israeli goods. Palestinians throughout Gaza, the West Bank and 1948 Palestine have demonstrated their unity in the struggle against Apartheid Israel. ZIM’s activity up and down the West Coast has been disrupted with significant financial impact on the business of apartheid.

Join us Tuesday, October 7 for Port Education and Leafleting of stevedores and truckers on their way to and from work along Deltaport Way – and build the campaign to BLOCK THE BOAT VANCOUVER! 

Global Statements

– Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions – Gaza Strip
– Palestinian and South African Trade Unions
– Labor for Palestine
– Congress of South African Trade Unions
– National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa
– Transport Workers Solidarity Committee
– UNITE, British Trade Union

Block the Boat Actions in Other Cities:
– Oakland, California
– Long Beach, California
– Seattle/Tacoma, Washington
– Tampa, FL

To get involved with Block the Boat Vancouver or endorse the action, email blocktheboatvan@gmail.com !

To get involved with Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign, email boycottapartheid@gmail.com !

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