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Hamas Supporters Attempt Blockade of Israeli Zim Ship at Port of Long Beach and Oakland


Palestinian supporters alleged to have organized a blockade of an Israeli Zim ship that was scheduled to enter the California ports of Oakland and Long Beach. Is there a Hamas conspiracy to block shipping from Israel to the U.S.? Determination: Real  

There have been protesters at both the the California ports Long Beach and Oakland, according to a September 28, 2014 article by The Guardian.

The article said protesters gathered in Oakland to demonstrate "against the recent Israeli military operation in Gaza have launched a fresh picket at the Port of Oakland in California, preventing an Israeli-owned container ship from unloading its cargo." Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union decided to stop work on the ship because of "safety fears due to the crowd of protesters and police."  

In August the Zim Piraeus was blockaded in Oakland for four days, which prevented workers from unloading the vessel. The unloaded ship had to leave port and set course to the Port of Los Angeles.

On on the morning of August 13, 2014, a group of 50 demonstrators assembled without incident just outside the Port of Long Beach entrance. There was no attempt to disrupt services.

According to an October 1, 2014 article by the Jewish Press, the protests are being organized by two groups, “Block the Boat for Gaza”, and the “Stop Zim Action Committee.” Jewish Press reported that the ZIM Shanghai was successfully unloaded at the Port of Long Beach on schedule.  One month prior, the ship encountered problems at the Port of Oakland and it is questionable "if ZIM ships will continue to try to use the Port of Oakland anymore." The loss of business could have an effect on the economy in Oakland,



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