Indian dockworkers refuse to unload Israeli cargo

Dockworkers at the major Indian port of Cochin are refusing to unload Israeli cargo in protest of Israel’s siege of the Gaza Strip.

According to the Indian communist publication People’s Democracy, “The boycott began on June 17 on receipt of information that cargo unloaded at Colombo Port [Sri Lanka] from Israeli ship m/v Zim Livorno 16 was bound to arrive at Cochin Port in a feeder vessel.”

“On June 23, trade unions held a joint protest rally in Cochin Port near the office of Zim Integrated Shipping Services (India) Pvt Ltd – the Israeli shipping line,” the report added. At the demonstration, labor leaders denounced Israel’s attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May which left nine people dead.

Representatives of several trade unions—including those aligned with both left and right wing parties— joined the demonstration.

The port of Cochin, in the state of Kerala, is one of the biggest ports in India.

The Chochin dockworkers join workers at ports in Sweden, South Africa, and other countries who have refused to unload Israeli cargo. Calls for boycotts against Israel intensified in the wake of the flotilla raid.

On June 20th, dockworkers in Oakland, California, refused to unload an Israeli cargo ship after protesters picketed at the dock.

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2 responses to “Indian dockworkers refuse to unload Israeli cargo

  1. Hayat Piaweray

    Hi, The poorest and those who believe in justice must join hand to block the crucial attitude of every one in any aprt of the world and bring solidarty amongst themselves

  2. I applaud the actions of these brave dock workers. Israel is a big trouble maker and a huge menace to the rest of the world. First it was the massive, indiscriminate slaughter of innocence women and children, then it was forging passports from Britain, France and Ireland, and now it’s storming ships filled with humanitarian aid. They’re a hostile and lawless country who would take over the world if given the opportunity.