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Fri Nov 14 2014 (Updated 11/16/14)Lockdown at U.S. Federal Court for Palestinian Community Organizer Rasmea Odeh
Fri Nov 14 2014 (Updated 11/16/14)Rasmea Odeh Conviction Protested Across U.S. by Supporters and Human Rights Activists
On November 12, activists with the Bay Area Rasmea Defense Committee chained themselves to doors of the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building in Oakland to protest the conviction and imprisonment of 67-year-old Palestinian community organizer Rasmea Odeh. Odeh was convicted on Monday, November 10th in a Detroit federal court of knowingly lying on her immigration application. Hundreds were present in court to support Odeh over the course of her trial in Detroit and across the country solidarity demonstrations have been held demanding that she be freed.
Sat Nov 1 2014 (Updated 11/02/14)SodaStream to Close Factory in Occupied West Bank
Sat Nov 1 2014 (Updated 11/02/14)Amid International Boycott Pressure SodaStream Announces 2015 Closure of Settlement Shop
For several years, Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) activists in Northern California and across the globe have pressured retailers to stop selling SodaStream products in their stores. On October 29, amid ongoing boycott pressure from the international community, Israeli beverage firm SodaStream announced that it was closing a controversial factory located in an occupied West Bank settlement. SodaStream said that it would relocate the factory by the end of 2015.
Fri Oct 24 2014 (Updated 11/17/14)Zim Avoids Port of Oakland After Threat of Third Blockade
Fri Oct 24 2014 (Updated 11/17/14)Bay Area BDS Activists Make History at Oakland Port for Third Time in Three Months
UPDATE 10/27: After successful blockades of Zim Line ships at the Port of Oakland in August and September, a third blockade was set to target the Zim ship Beijing on Saturday, October 25. The Beijing was rescheduled to dock Sunday, October 26, and then delayed indefinitely. Organizers — remaining vigilant for a potential docking at any time during the week — called for a solidarity march from West Oakland BART station on the afternoon of Sunday 26th, as a show of force to let Zim know that activists would be ready should the Beijing attempt to unload cargo in Oakland. The Beijing never docked at the port of Oakland and instead headed for other ports.
Mon Sep 29 2014 (Updated 10/05/14)Oakland Does It Again with Successful BDS Blockade at Port
Mon Sep 29 2014 (Updated 10/05/14)For Second Time in Two Months, Zim Ship Forced to Leave Oakland Port Without Unloading
Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) activists in the San Francisco Bay Area came together again on September 27 and 28 to picket and blockade an Israeli Zim Line ship at the Port of Oakland. Organized by the Stop Zim Action Committee this time, Palestine solidarity activists dispersed across five entrances at the SSA terminal over multiple shifts, preventing longshore workers from unloading cargo for two days until the ship left port.
Fri Sep 12 2014Israeli Officer Charged with Assault on Palestinian-American
Israel's Ministry of Justice has filed an indictment against a border policeman for assaulting and injuring 15-year-old Tarek Abu Khdeir, cousin to Muhammad Abu Khdeir, who was burned to death by Israeli settlers, in July. According to reports, the officer, whose name remains under gag order, was indicted at the Jerusalem magistrate court on September 10, for using "excessive force" that could not be justified.
On August 21, Santa Cruz activists picketed outside of a talk at Temple Beth El 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?"
Thu Aug 21 2014 (Updated 08/30/14)Historic Victory Against Israeli Apartheid at the Port of Oakland
Thu Aug 21 2014 (Updated 08/30/14)Longest Blockade of Israeli Ship in History — Zim Lines Ship Forced to Leave Oakland Port
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. The Zim ship is believed by some to have 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.