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Italian dockers’ union refuses to load arms ship bound for Israel

“The port of Livorno will not be an accomplice in the massacre of the Palestinian people”

Italian dockers of the ‘Unione Sindicale di Base’ working in the port of Livorno have refused to load the Asiatic Island, after learning that the vessel was bound for the port of Ashdod bearing arms and explosives.

The union also took to the streets of Livorno at the weekend in solidarity with the Palestinian people – and announced that its ban will apply to any other arms consignments to set sail to Israel. Workers say they have learned that ‘dozens’ of armoured vehicles were also waiting for the arrival of another ship, the Molo Italia.

A spokesman said,

The port of Livorno will not be an accomplice in the massacre of the Palestinian people.

Protests have also taken place in the UK and other countries against Israel’s renewed military aggression, which has led to the deaths of hundreds of civilians, including children, and has seen violence on the ground against unarmed women and young people, but so far both the UK government and the ‘opposition leadership’ have refused to condemn the bloodshed, apart from a tweet by Keir Starmer describing one incident at the Al Aqsa mosque as ‘shocking’.

Last month, Starmer pulled out of a Ramadan ‘Iftar’ fast-breaking meal after pro-Israeli groups demanded that he cancel because the organiser had supported a boycott of dates grown in illegally-occupied Palestinian territory.

Yesterday, two pro-Palestinian protesters in London were ‘mown down’ by a car in a hit-and-run incident.

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