A coalition of leftists and Islamists blocked access to piers in Oakland which had been designated for offloading of a container ship owned by the Israeli firm Zim Lines. The local longshoremen refused to cross the “picket line” and perform their job of unloading the vessel. There was nothing particularly controversial about the ship’s cargo: this was clearly an economic action directed at the entire country of Israel.
Follow the link above to learn the identities of the organizations involved in this–organizations that the San Francisco Chronicle referred to as “peace and labor groups.”
When the leftists decide to stage a dockside “protest” against the shipment of military supplies in support of a U.S. military operation, or an operation by one or more of our allies, are the longshoremen going to go along with this as well? I see this as a very serious issue: Large-scale military operations are highly dependent, as they have been for centuries, on sea transportation.
Do not fail to read this WSJ article by Shelby Steele: Israel and the surrender of the West. Excerpt:
The most interesting voice in all the fallout surrounding the Gaza flotilla incident is that sanctimonious and meddling voice known as “world opinion.” At every turn “world opinion,” like a school marm, takes offense and condemns Israel for yet another infraction of the world’s moral sensibility. And this voice has achieved an international political legitimacy so that even the silliest condemnation of Israel is an opportunity for self-congratulation.
Rock bands now find moral imprimatur in canceling their summer tour stops in Israel (Elvis Costello, the Pixies, the Gorillaz, the Klaxons). A demonstrator at an anti-Israel rally in New York carries a sign depicting the skull and crossbones drawn over the word “Israel.” White House correspondent Helen Thomas, in one of the ugliest incarnations of this voice, calls on Jews to move back to Poland. And of course the United Nations and other international organizations smugly pass one condemnatory resolution after another against Israel while the Obama administration either joins in or demurs with a wink.
Read the whole thing.