The dock workers in the South African port of Durban must be an incredible group of people. Previously, they have refused to unload ships carrying weapons to Zimbabwe to help Mugabe further oppress his people, and they called out to dock workers at other ports in other cities to do the same.
And they’re at it again, in solidarity with Palestinians!
From the AP:
Randall Howard, general secretary of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union, said it appeared a ship carrying goods from Israel was nearing Durban’s port. If once the ship docks its cargo is determined to be Israeli, he said, union workers won’t unload it.
”We will make that contribution,” he said. ”The historic and heroic struggle of the Palestinian people for self-determination … is a struggle that SATAWU supports.”
I am impressed and inspired.
In Israel, Foreign Minister spokesman Yigal Palmor said: ”If these people think that by refusing to unload shipments from Israel they are promoting peace they should go back to school because they have misread the situation in the Middle East big time.”
I’m sure the dock workers, many of whom probably didn’t have the opportunity to attend excellent schools, really appreciate Palmor’s condescension.