Police forcibly removed activists who had gathered in Sydney’s Port Botany to protest the unloading of an Israeli-owned shipping company.
- Activists target ZIM ship moored in Sydney’s commercial port
- Dozens of police officers attended
- Organizer Palestine Justice Movement Sydney said it felt “betrayed” by the state and federal governments.
Hundreds of demonstrators, carrying Palestinian flags and holding placards, called for a boycott of international shipping company ZIM and an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.
Jet skis emblazoned with Palestinian flags were anchored off the coast of the main commercial port as crowds beat drums and chanted “Liberate Palestine.”
The Palestinian Justice Movement Sydney (PJMS) organized a demonstration targeting the ZIM ship Calandra.
Participants could also be seen holding placards reading “Boycott ZIM” and “End the blockade of Gaza.”
PJMS organizer Ahmed Al Abadllah said the Australian government should stop doing business with ZIM and other pro-Israel companies.
Last month, ZIM CEO Eli Glickman said the company would “deploy ships and infrastructure” to support the Israeli Ministry of Defense.
About 80 New South Wales Police officers, including mounted troops, also attended on Tuesday night.
At one point, a line of police blocked the group from marching onto Foreshore Road as the crowd chanted “Let them pass.”
The protest moved to Sirius Road, one of the entrances to the port.
The protesters refused to move from the port entrance and were removed from the sit-in site around 8:45 p.m.
Jenna Fayyad, a protester from the occupied West Bank, said part of PJMS’s mission is to dismantle what she calls “Israel’s apartheid system.”
“Palestine has suffered a brutal military occupation for the past 75 years,” she said.
“Israel has completely cut off water, food, electricity, fuel and medical resources to Gaza for the past six weeks.”
This is the latest demonstration in response to the overseas conflict in Gaza, after demonstrators rallied outside NSW Premier Chris Minns’ office on Monday.
Mr Al-Abaddullah said he was disappointed with the provincial government’s response to the protests.
“I was one of the people who supported Labor when they won the state and federal elections,” he said.
“I feel betrayed as a Palestinian, as a Muslim, as an Arab. I feel really betrayed.”
ABC has contacted ZIM for comment.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-11-21/nsw-palestinian-protest-port-botany-zim/103132754 Palestinian supporters excluded from Port Botany demonstration against ZIM container ship