BDS Movement Against Apartheid State of Israel Showing Results

by lizard

Tomorrow is election day. I plan on voting despite how diminished the impact of my vote has become in this brave new world of dark money.

So what does get results?

I like this story from Electronic Intifada: Bay Area activists declare victory after Israeli carrier cancels all ships. From the link:

On 28 October, San Francisco Bay Area activists organizing to block the unloading of Israeli shipping vessels declared their most significant victory yet: Israel’s Zim Integrated Shipping Services appears to have cancelled all future shipments to the Oakland Port.

This past summer, at the peak of Israel’s brutal bombardment of Gaza, the Bay Area’s Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) mobilized the community in response to the military assault. Deciding to focus on a tangible, highly-visible and big-money target, the group set its sights on Israel’s Zim lines, determined to block the company every time it tried to dock a ship at the busy Port of Oakland.

But they didn’t know it would take only three months to send Israel’s largest shipping company packing — possibly for good — in what looks like an effort to avoid the tireless activists who have consistently out-maneuvered the cargo ships.

Over the summer, AROC spearheaded the original Block the Boat coalition. The movement quickly caught on in major shipping cities along the West Coast, and last week, Los Angeles activists delayed the unloading of a Zim shipping vessel for two days.

The power of the boycott helped break the back of apartheid in South Africa. Now, the BDS movement (boycott, divest, sanction) against the apartheid state of Israel is showing results.

Israel, for it’s part, continues proving why such a movement is absolutely necessary. Here are just a few recent links.

Huge new Israeli settlement in West Bank condemned by US and UK (the Guardian)

Al Aqsa Mosque is closed off for first time in 47 years as tensions flare (Mondoweiss)

Netanyahu’s cabinet backs bill to jail stone-throwers up to 10-20 years (Haartz)

SodaStream says it plans to leave West Bank for Negev, but boycotters promise not to let up (Mondoweiss)

  1. Turner

    Thanks for sharing this.

  2. evdebs

    I think the boycott is a good thing, but the prospects of success are considerably less than that against the apartheid government of South Africa.

    If the Likud-ally, Afrikaner-dominated, National Party had AIPAC in its corner, Nelson Mandela would have died in jail.

    • Ev, you’ve taken trouble to ridicule me on occasion, and that’s part of life in this USA. I don’t like it but understand it. It’s the immunization tablet given you that keeps you from knowing anything … except … …you offer up insightful commentary as you did here. You do know stuff, have a grasp.

      The Buddha said: “There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth: Not going all the way, and not starting.”

      You’ve obviosuly started down the road, so I can only ask what scares you fro delving deeper into the truth of this USA?

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