SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 5 March 2024, Tuesday |

Canadian protesters prevent Israeli ship from docking over Gaza offensive

As a  response to the latest war on the besieged Gaza Strip that left hundreds of people dead last month, protesters have prevented an Israeli container ship from docking at one of the busiest seaports in Canada.

The activists formed a picket line at an entrance to the Fairview container terminal, and did not let the vessel, identified as the Volans and owned by Israeli shipping company ZIM, to berth at the Port of Prince Rupert.

The protesters said they were acting in solidarity with Block the Boat movement, whose aim is to block Israel from shipping goods to North America in protest at the latest Israeli war.

The activists finally left the entrance and allowed the port to continue with other business, after the Prince Rupert Port Authority confirmed that the Volans would not be unloading there.

At least 260 Palestinians, including 66 children, were killed in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip in 11 days of the war that began on May 10. Israel’s airstrikes also brought widespread devastation to the already impoverished territory.

The Gaza-based resistance movements responded by launching over 4,000 rockets into the occupied territories, some reaching as far as Tel Aviv and even Haifa and Nazareth to the north.

The Israeli regime was eventually forced to announce a ceasefire, brokered by Egypt, which came into force in the early hours of May 21.

The American activists held banners and waved Palestinian flags in support of the movement which seeks to impose an economic boycott on the Israeli regime.

“Back up! Back up! We want Freedom, Freedom! All these Zionist attacks, we don’t need ’em, need ’em,” demonstrators chanted, calling on the Israeli cargo ship to leave the port.

The protesters finally forced the Israeli ship to leave the US harbor.

On Monday, a group of pro-Palestine activists occupied a factory in western England, which produces materials used to make fighter jets for the Israeli army.

Palestine Action began taking control of the Arconic factory in Birmingham in the early hours of Monday morning.