Sunday, June 20, 2010

Large Dockside Protests This Morning In Oakland Against Offloading of Israeli Vessel

This protest is limited to 24 hours. It drew between 500 and 1,000 participants, depending upon whose count one relies upon.

You won't read about the many protests like this that have been occurring in Europe since Memorial Day weekend. You might not hear or read much about this in the U.S. media.

Eventually you will, though, as many more are being planned. Unions are getting behind this and the rapidly growing BDS movement.

Here is a statement issued on June 14th, by the San Francisco Labor Council:

San Francisco Labor Council Resolution regarding the attack on the Gaza Aid Flotilla, calling for an independent international investigation, and opening of the Gaza border – PASSED 6.14.10

Whereas many labor organizations, including:

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)_
World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU)_
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)_
International Dockworkers Council (IDC)_
International Federation of Journalists_
Public Services International (PSI)_
Education International (EI)_

Trades Union International of Workers in the Building, Wood, Building Materials and Allied Industries_

Australian Council of Trade Unions_
Canadian Union of Postal Workers_
Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)_
IMPACT (Ireland)_
Maritime Union of Australia_
National Union of Journalists (U.K.)_
Norwegian Labor Federation (LO)_
Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU)
Swedish Port Workers Union
Norwegian Dock Workers Union_
Trades Union Congress (U.K.)_
UNISON, the largest public sector union in Britain
UNITE, Britain’s largest union
U.S. Labor Against the War
Arab American Union Members Council
Bay Area Labor Committee for Peace & Justice
International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU), Local 10
Alameda County Central Labor Council

have condemned the May 31st Israeli commando attack on the Gaza Aid Flotilla, which killed at least nine unarmed people and seized and detained some 700 passengers and crew. Many of these labor organizations, as well as the U.N. and Amnesty International, have also called for an independent international investigation of the attack and for a permanent opening of the Gaza border in accordance with international law; and

Whereas the Elders, a group started by Nelson Mandela including six Nobel peace prize winners (former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, former US President Jimmy Carter, detained Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and former Archbishop Desmond Tutu) described as “completely inexcusable” the Israeli attack on the Gaza Aid Flotilla and stated: “This tragic incident should draw the world’s attention to the terrible suffering of Gaza’s 1.5 million people, half of whom are children under the age of 18,” and also noted that “the treatment of the people of Gaza is one of the world’s greatest human rights violations and that the blockade isÅ illegal”; and

Whereas the aid carried on the ship was strictly humanitarian in nature, containing materials such as wheelchairs, medical, school and building supplies and non-perishable foods – items that Israel has refused to allow into Gaza since 2007, or only in insufficient amounts to meet the pressing needs of Gaza’s people; and

Whereas the military assault on the Gaza Aid Flotilla was carried out in the dead of night in international waters in violation of accepted norms of state conduct regarding use of the open ocean for non-military purposes; and

Whereas, in solidarity with the people of Gaza, the Swedish Port Workers Union is refusing to work Israeli ships from June 22-June29, and now the Norwegian dock workers have agreed not to work Israeli cargo June 15-29 – in response to the attack on the Gaza Aid Flotilla; and

Whereas the San Francisco Labor Council has previously adopted two resolutions calling for the lifting of the blockade against Gaza.

Therefore be it resolved that the San Francisco Labor Council join the long list of labor organizations around the world and the International Committee of the Red Cross, in condemning the unwarranted May 31st attack by the Israeli military on an unarmed humanitarian aid flotilla sailing in international waters; and

Be it further resolved that the council join the U.N., Amnesty International, ITUC, COSATU and many other labor and civil society organizations in calling for an independent international investigation of the attack on the Gaza Aid Flotilla; and

Be it further resolved that the council reaffirms its position in calling on Israel to lift the blockade, so the people of Gaza can have normal communication, travel and commerce with the rest of the world; and

Be it finally resolved that the council communicate this resolution to affiliated unions, area labor councils, community allies, California Federation of Labor, the AFL-CIO, Change to Win, all members of the House and Senate who represent the jurisdiction of this council, and to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Respectfully submitted June 14, 2010 by by:

Alan Benjamin OPEIU Local 3

Tom Edminster UESF/AFT 61
Allan Fisher AFT 2121
Maria Guillen SEIU Local 1021
Shane Hoff UTU Local 1741
Marcus Holder ILWU 10
Gloria La Riva Typographical Sector, CWA Local 39521
Warren Mar AFT Local 2121
Frank Martin Del Campo LCLAA
Denis Mosgofian GCC-IBT
Francesca Rosa SEIU 1021
Rodger Scott AFT 2121
Dave Welsh NALC 214 (organizations listed for identification only)

The involvement of organized labor and more universities in the BDS movement is looking more and more like the situation involving South African divestment and sanctions every day.

Updated - Monday 12:10 a.m: After the end of the limited protest at the Oakland harbor:

At 7 pm, as the afternoon successful picket came to an end, Clarence Thomas, the president of ILWU Local 10, the longshore union’s largest local, expressed his solidarity with the Palestinians and declared Israel to be a “criminal state.”


Anonymous said...

Reposted from an earlier post....

Hey Phil...I want to know(since you talked about Rebecca Mansour in the Sarah Palin/Helen Thomas post that you put up earlier), did she talk about the Alaska fund trust(legal defense fund)in your conversation with her????

You must have asked her about it....

Basically I'm asking you this, was the legal defense fund set up for Palin for the ethics complaints legitimate????

I am eagerly awaiting your response....

Philip Munger said...

anon @ 2:40,

Tell ya what. you take the time to create a pseudonym for me to answer to, and I'll do that.

Makabit Bat Guriel said...

At least they kept the lyrics simple for those who can't speak English or are stoned out of their minds.
How about...
"Take my soap I don't mind
I'm down wind most of the time"
"Take a tok I don't mind
my dealers coming by somewhere around 9"
no...that would upset your delicate senses...*snicker*

Anonymous said...

Well Phil, since this commentating system has an "anonymous" option, I decided to use this to ask the respective question...which by your non answer suggests that the Palin legal defense fund was legitimate, which, to be honest about, I'm happy because other than a Ron Paul/Peter Schiff candidacy in 2012, I wouldn't mind voting for Sarah & Todd Palin If they decided to run in 2012.

Now I want to tell you this, I think that both parties are totally corrupt at the state and federal level, I think the Palin family "resigned the governorship" because they "got a chance to see behind the curtain" so to speak and decided to make as much money as possible. Here is some links that you should find an Interest In, stick with the stories and video, It's long, but Informative:
Billions of gallons of oil in North Dakota, Montana

Oil industry insider talks about BP corruption and greed

States Need To Launch Criminal Investigation Into BP, Federal Government’s Role In Oil Spill

Why I Wrote This Story

20/20 Hindsight: Censorship on the Frontline (1/9)

I started to realize that the republicans were just as bad as the democrats when the whole Ramos & Compeon border patrol saga happened, long story short, they were unjustly imprisoned for 12, and 10 years respectively, for doing their jobs by the Bush administration, due to tremendous pressure, they had their sentences commuted on Bush's last day In office.
I was listening to rush one day, and a caller got through the line and asked rush about his opinion on ramos & compeon....he suddenly got so defensive & quiet, he fobbed off his caller by saying "yes I agree with you" and whatnot, until he suddenly decided "Sorry I have to let you go, I have to have an EIB profit center break!!!!"

I was listening at this whole exchange on the radio stunned out of my mind....Limbaugh was told by the powers that be not to talk about this, I realized that if Limbaugh wasn't talking about this, what about Ingraham, levin, Hannity, and the like, and conversely, what about "Air America"(Olbermann Maddow) and the liberal style of talk radio....Why weren't the liberals taking advantage and crushing the McCain/Palin ticket(the ramos & compeon saga happened in 2007 or 08 I don't remember exactly)....In my mind there Is only one answer, these talk radio and TV hosts are told what to say, on both the left and the right.
By whom or what, I don't know....

Anyway, thank you for responding to me, even though we probably disagree 1000% politically.

I hope the links work!!!!

Anonymous said...

I think that the United States should stay out of the Israel/Palestine situation, because, In my opinion, both Israel, and Iran already have nuclear weapons....this situation, In my opinion, will end badly for all sides....we should focus on the United States because we are In trouble as a country.

We are a dumbed down, corrupt society that is in serious is another link that you will find interesting. I would love to read your response.

The North American Soviet Union

This link is to a writer named Charlotte Thompson Iserbyt, who wrote the book "The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America", Here is the link to the website URL:

I hope these links work, and you have a chance to look at these, and the other links I've sent you.

Thank You.