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Ships boycotted

Since the Israeli bombing of Gaza in mid-May, dockworkers have been boycotting Israeli cargo ships.

Italian dockers at the port of Livorno refused to load weapons onto a ship headed for Israel on 15 May.

After that,cargoes seem to have been civilian in nature: in Durban, South Africa, starting 20 May; in Seattle, Washington state, USA, on 2 June; in Oakland, California, USA, on 4 June; and in Prince Rupert, Canada, starting 14 June.

In North America, the ‘Block the Boat’ campaign targeted the Zim shipping line, previously 49 percent owned by the Israeli state.