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Activists Protest Talk by Israeli Consul General at Temple Beth El On August 21, activists with the Palestine Israel Action Committee and Jewish Voice for Peace Santa Cruz picketed outside of a talk at Temple Beth El in Aptos about Israel and Gaza, given by Dr. Andy David, Israel's Consul General for Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. The topic of the talk was "Operation Protective Edge," Israel's name for their most recent military assault on Gaza, which began on July 8 and has killed thousands of Palestinians. To greet those entering the talk, a series of large signs with the names of those killed in the war was displayed near the temple's entrance, and individuals held a large banner on Soquel Drive that read "Sick of Gaza Massacre?"

An announcement for the demonstration made it clear that it was not a protest targeting the temple, but "their guest, the Israel Consul General and the policies of the Israeli government." One large sign displayed by demonstrators was titled "Remembering Some of the Victims of Israeli Operation 'Protective Edge'," and it showed pictures of people killed, and included short biographies about them.

Some of the literature the demonstrators were handing out called Israel's claim that "Operation Protective Edge" was an act of self-defense disingenuous. "The Incredible violence against Gaza is indisputably disproportionate to any threat that Israel faces from the Palestinian resistance to occupation," one brochure stated. It called Israel's attacks, "a siege on an open-air prison." Gaza has been called an open-air prison because Israel controls its land, borders, airspace, sea, access to electricity, and movement of people and goods, including food, water and medicine. "There is nowhere for people to go," the brochure states. "Evacuation is not an option."

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Previous Coverage: Demonstrators at Sam Farr Fundraiser Oppose Congress Member's Support of Israeli War || Santa Cruz Activists Continue Die-ins to Protest Attacks on Gaza || The World Responds to Israel's Atrocities in Gaza
Historic Victory Against Israeli Apartheid at the Port of Oakland In a major victory against the Israeli Zim Lines shipping company, their ship the Piraeus was forced to leave the Port of Oakland after a mass march, four days of picketing, and the refusal of ILWU Local 10 and ILWU Local 34 to work the ship despite attempts by the Oakland police department and Alameda County deputies to break up the ongoing pickets. A similar action was held in 2010 at the port, but Zim was known to have unload all of their cargo eventually. This time, many believe the Zim ship unloaded only a portion of cargo before giving up and heading back out to sea. Oakland's "Block the Boat" victory represents a historic first for the worldwide Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement.

The action was originally scheduled to target Zim Lines on August 2, during the height of Israel's recent devastating attacks on the people of Gaza, but was rescheduled for August 16. A massive march was planned for 5am from West Oakland BART to the port to block, but Zim delayed their ship's arrival to attempt to disrupt the "Block the Boat" action. Organizers from the Arab Resource & Organizing Committee (AROC) and other anti-apartheid organizations put out last-minute word that the ship was delayed and those intending to blockade the boat were not deterred. At 3pm, two thousand or more people turned out for the march to the port. ILWU Locals refused to cross the massive picket and the ship did not dock, so no cargo was unloaded the first day.

The following day, August 17, AROC and other coalition organizations put out a call for further blockades of gates at the port. Turnout was smaller, but the contingent was strong enough that four gates were picketed while the Piraeus was moored at the port. Again, no cargo was unloaded when the ILWU refused to cross the lines. From there, autonomous activists kept up the pressure at the gates for another two days. Zim lines attempted to get tricky by leaving the port and heading out into the San Francisco Bay and past the Golden Gate bridge, to lull activists into prematurely believing their victory had been won, only to return to a different berth at the port to re-attempt to unload cargo. Activists were not dissuaded and continued to picket further shifts of dockworkers in order to prevent unloading of the Piraeus. On the evening of August 19, Stevedoring Services of America (SSA) moved workers who were already inside of gates working another ship to unload the Piraeus, and some cargo was unloaded for a few hours. Activists persevered, and maintained pickets past midnight to prevent port workers from returning from their lunch break to unload further cargo. Police and sheriff's deputies attempted to push and shove activists aside at several points, but were unsuccessful overall. Some have said all cargo with Oakland as its destination was unloaded overnight while others believe only perishables were unloaded. In the early morning hours of August 20, Zim Lines finally caved and the Piraeus left the port.

Inspired by the victory in Oakland, further "Block the Boat" actions are planned for the ports of Tacoma, Seattle and Long Beach. Tacoma's "Block the Boat" is set for this Friday, August 22.

Read More with Photos: photoILWU Rank and File Back Picket Of Zim ship Piraeus At Port Of Oakland | United States Port Actions End Business as Usual For Israel | pdfEASTWEST #3: An Anarchist Newspaper | Israeli Ship Blocked in Oakland | photoLongest Blockade of Israeli Ship in History - ZIM ship turned away from SSA in​ Oakland​! | photoMajor Victory Against Israel Apartheid Regime-Zim Lines Ship Piraeus Forced To Leave Port | photoTokyo Japan Solidarity Action With Gaza-Protest At Zim Tokyo Offices | photoIsraeli Ship Continues to be Successfully Blocked at the Port of Oakland | photoKeep The Israeli Zim Ship Stranded-Zim Ship Stuck In Port Of Oakand | calendarBlock The Boat - Join the Historic Blockade of the Israeli Apartheid Boat Day 4 | photoZim Ship Stranded In Oakland! The Labor Community Picket Against Zim Ship In The Port | photoMass March & Picket At Oakland Port To Stop Israel's Zim Line Ship Piraeus To Protest Crimes In Gaza | audioKPFA: Protest Against Zim Line Ship In The Port Of Oakland | videoBlock The Boat for Gaza at the Port of Oakland | calendarZim Ship Arrival Delayed: NOT 5am But 3pm | KPFA Pacifica to Cover Labor Community Picket At Port Of Oakland Against Zim Line | Stop The Israeli Massacre In Gaza-Full Support For Labor Community Mass Picket At Zim Line | CANCELLED: Block the Boat for Gaza! Shut Down the Israeli company ZIM Shipping @ the Port of Oakland | photoThe Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural Unveiled on 26th Street | calendarOakland Palestine Solidarity Mural Unveiling

Related Indybay Features: The World Responds to Israel's Atrocities in Gaza: Hundreds of Palestinians, Including Whole Families, Have Been Killed in Gaza Since July 8 (2014) | Labor and Community Picket Israeli Zim Line Ship: Anti-Apartheid Picket at Oakland Docks Stops Unloading of Israeli Zim Line Ship (2010)
The World Responds to Israel's Atrocities in Gaza Rallies have been held around the world in opposition to Israel's recent air strikes on Gaza and the collective punishment carried out against the Palestinian people living there and in the West Bank. In Northern California, demonstrations have been held in Fresno, Oakland, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Salinas, and Santa Cruz. According to the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC), as of August 17, approximately 1939 Palestinians, including whole families, have been killed since July 8. A total of 9886 Palestinians, including 2878 children, 1854 women, and 374 elderly, have been injured. 47 Israeli soldiers, most of whom were invading Gaza at the time of their death, have been killed by Palestinian resistance, and two Israeli civilians were killed by Palestinian shells.

Jerusalem: imc_photo.gifJewish activists light children’s dolls on fire at Yad Vashem to protest Gaza attack (7/12)

Concord: imc_calendar.gifCandle Light Vigil for Palestine (8/16)

Fresno: imc_photo.gif"Free Palestine" rally in Fresno, CA (7/18) | audioPalestine, Gaza, Israel and the struggle for peace and justice discussed on Street Heat

Oakland: photoThe Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural Unveiled on 26th Street | imc_calendar.gifOakland Palestine Solidarity Mural Unveiling (8/10) | imc_calendar.gifWomen in Black Silent Vigil | Stop The Israeli Massacre In Gaza-Full Support For Labor Community Mass Picket At Zim Line (8/16) | pdfOPD, Urban Shield, and Israel (PDF Posters) | imc_calendar.gifCandlelight Vigil for Gaza (8/3)

Palo Alto: imc_photo.gifBoycott Israel Protesters die-in at HP Hewlett Packard in Palo Alto (7/17) | imc_photo.gifOn the Streets in Palo Alto: Two Sides Face Off on Palestine (7/24)

Salinas: imc_photo.gifDirect Action Monterey Network statement in solidarity with Palestine (7/14)

San Francisco: imc_video.gifFree Palestine Rally in San Francisco (7/12) | imc_video.gifFree Palestine Rally in San Francisco - Part 2 (7/12) | imc_video.gifFree Palestine Rally in San Francisco - Part 3 (7/12) | How many rallied for Gaza? | imc_video.gifSF Police allow a Pro Israeli group to illegally disrupt a legal Pro Palestinian rally (7/26) | For The Intifada To Succeed, It Must Spread | imc_photo.gifMovimiento por la Reunificacion Familiar (8/1) | imc_photo.gifDemonstration Organized for Palestine (8/6)

Santa Cruz: imc_photo.gifCommunity Members in Santa Cruz Protest Israel's Attacks on Gaza (7/14) | imc_photo.gifProtests Opposing Israel's War on Gaza Continue in Santa Cruz (7/19) | imc_video.gifimc_photo.gifSanta Cruz Activists Display Names of Palestinian Children Killed in Gaza (7/21) | imc_video.gifimc_photo.gifDie-in Staged in Santa Cruz to Protest Israel's Assault on Gaza (7/28) imc_photo.gifInterfaith and Secular Activists Gather in Santa Cruz for Gaza (8/1) | imc_video.gifimc_photo.gifSanta Cruz Activists Continue to Stage Die-ins to Protest Atrocities in Gaza (8/4) | imc_photo.gifDie-in to protest Israel's Assault on Gaza drew dozens of protesters (8/4) | imc_photo.gifSanta Cruz Activists Have Protested Regularly Since the Assault on Gaza Began (8/11) | imc_photo.gifDemonstrators at Sam Farr Fundraiser Oppose Congress Member's Support of Israeli War (8/14)

New York: imc_photo.gifAs Palestinian Death Toll Tops 100, New Yorkers Protest Israel’s Bombing of Gaza (7/11)

New Orleans: audioNew Orleans #StreetcarNamedGaza Protest/Vigil in Solidarity with Palestine (8/1)

England: imc_photo.gifUK Activists In Standoff After Occupying Factory Supplying IDF Drone Engines - For a week? (8/5)

See Also: List of Palestinians Killed Since July 8 | PLO: Over 485,000 People Now Displaced in Gaza | Signatories Call on White House to Investigate Beating and Detention of Tariq Abu Khdeir | audioThis Week in Palestine, August 8th, 2014 -- Gaza Special Coverage | Gaza Calling: All out on Saturday 9 August Day of Rage - Boycott Disinvestment Sanctions | Settlers Smash Doors Of Palestinian Stores In Hebron’s Old City | 38 Palestinians Kidnapped in Jerusalem and West Bank | audioHuman rights defender among three Palestinians killed by live fire in Beit Ommar | UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Recent Israeli, Palestinian Crisis Must Be ‘The Last Time’ | audioThis Week in Palestine, August 1st, 2014 -- Gaza Special Coverage | audioMideast Migraines - Israeli kidnappings and murders | audioThis Week in Palestine, July 25th, 2014 -- Gaza Special Coverage | audioIMEMC: This Week in Palestine, July 11th, 2014 | July 15 Global Solidarity Fast for Peace – Palestine/Israel | Port of Gaza Burns: Gaza's Ark As Well | Human shield reports from El-Wafa Hospital in Gaza | Israelis Watch as Gaza is Bombed | imc_photo.gifIsraeli Airstrikes Hit al-Rimal, Khan Younis, Beit Lahia; Death Toll 100+ for Sunday Alone | Party of the Laboring Masses: Statement on the Gaza Genocide | audioMideast Migraines - Israeli Atrocities Vs. Killing 3 settlers | Imagine the Outrage Over 27,000 Dead Kids... If Gaza’s Dead Were America’s Dead | National Lawyers Guild Urges U.S. Government to Cease $3 Billion Annual Military Aid to Israel | audioIsrael, Palestine and the International Criminal Court | Down with the latest criminal abuses by the Israeli State! | imc_photo.gifCelebrities, Artists, Activists and Nobel Peace Laureates Stand Up for Palestinian Rights | Protest Bob Schieffer's Racist Support of Israel | Journalists in Palestine are under attack | The Israeli Government is not the Jewish People | Israel-Palestine: This is how it ends | Israeli Police Attacks Worshipers In Al-Aqsa Mosque, Ten Injured | Palestinian And Israeli Killed In Jerusalem Bus Incident | Sign Petition to ICC to Stop US/Israeli War Crimes | Netanyahu: NO Palestinian State EVER & Hateful Likud Charter Opposes Any Palestinian State
Latino activists in solidarity with Palestinians marched down Market Street in San Francisco on August 2 in a unity call for saving the children of Central America who are languishing at the US-Mexican border, as well as the children dying in Gaza. Movimiento por la Reunifacacion Familiar organizers reached out to everyone to join together in a march chanting, “No mas ninos deportados nuestros ninos son sagrados!” “No more children deported; our children are sacred.”
Santa Cruz Activists Continue Die-ins to Protest Atrocities in Gaza On August 4, activists in downtown Santa Cruz staged a second die-in as part of their ongoing protest of Israel's attacks on Gaza. Like the July 28 die-in, a rally was held first at the Town Clock, where many of the names and ages of Palestinians killed were displayed on name cards. Community members then marched to the Cooper House on Pacific Avenue where the die-in was staged. Individuals laid down on the sidewalk and their bodies were outlined in chalk as organizers read the names and ages of Palestinian children killed since the war began on July 8.

"The Santa Cruz community is calling for an end to the 7-year siege and Genocidal assault on Gaza by Israel's military, fully funded and supported by the U.S. president, congress and senate. Santa Cruz demands an end to ongoing U.S. covert operations in Iraq and Syria. More than 50% of the populations in these regions are children. War is being waged on children with our tax dollars,"a press release announcing the first die-in stated.

An announcement for the August 4 die-in described the demonstration as a chance to speak out against, "Genocide, Apartheid, Colonialism, Ethnic Cleansing, and U.S/Israel Imperialism." A third die-in has been planned for Monday, August 11, beginning with a rally at the Town Clock at 5pm.

imc_photo.gifRead More with Photos | imc_video.gifimc_photo.gifMore Photos and Video | See Also: imc_video.gifimc_photo.gifDie-in Staged in Santa Cruz to Protest Israel's Assault on Gaza (July 28) | imc_video.gifimc_photo.gifSanta Cruz Activists Display Names of Palestinian Children Killed in Gaza

Previous Coverage: The World Responds to Israel's Atrocities in Gaza
On June 10, activists rallied in front of Martin Luther King Jr. Library in San José to protest the unjust prosecution of 66-year-old Palestinian-American activist Rasmea Odeh. Last October, Homeland Security agents arrested Odeh after the Department of Justice charged her with “unlawful procurement of naturalization.” The Obama administration’s filing of these charges could result in her being stripped of her U.S. citizenship and deported.
Committee for Justice in Palestine Divestment Resolution Passed at UC Santa Cruz At approximately 2:45am on May 28, the University of California, Santa Cruz Student Union Assembly (SUA) passed a resolution calling for divestment from companies that profit from Israeli human rights violations against Palestinians with a majority vote of 22-14. While official discussion of the Divestment Bill was scheduled at 11pm, a SUA member motioned at approximately 8:15 to indefinitely table the bill. The motion failed, and the Divestment testimonials were initiated at 11:30pm.

Following the three hour debate, the first SUA vote on the resolution revealed widespread support for Divestment landing just shy of the necessary two-thirds majority. SUA representatives then voted to suspend the SUA bylaw dictating a two-thirds majority, instead requiring only a simple majority vote to pass the resolution. The resolution passed 22-14, a marked improvement over the previous 2013 UCSC Divestment Resolution, which failed 17-19.

The resolution was authored by members of the Committee for Justice in Palestine, a UCSC registered student organization, and endorsed by the UCSC chapters of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán, Autonomous Students, and the Muslim Student Association. The resolution was also endorsed by several off-campus organizations such as Boycott from Within, the Santa Cruz Palestine Israel Action Committee, and the University of Cape Town Palestine Solidarity Forum.

Read More | See Also: Committee for Justice in Palestine at UCSC Moves Divestment Bill Forward
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