Swedish dockworkers have staged a blockade of Israeli ships and cargo to protest Tel Aviv’s deadly attack on an international Gaza-bound aid convoy.
The Swedish Dock Workers Union (Hamnarbetarforbundet), which had supported the flotilla, said Wednesday that the weeklong protest also calls for an end to the deadly blockade of the Gaza Strip.
The blockade was launched “because of the assault on the ship to Gaza, that we supported before they took off … And the blockade of the Gaza strip, which affects the civilian population,” union spokesman Rolf Axelsson said.
Eleven Swedish activists were on the Turkish-flagged Gaza Freedom Flotilla when Israeli commandos stormed the ship on May 31, killing at least 20 civilian activists and injuring dozens of others in international waters. The fatal attack sent shockwaves across the world and raised global calls for an international investigation into the incident.
Union chairman Bjoern A. Borg said stevedores in all unionized Swedish ports are set to refuse to handle containers containing cargo from Israel or goods destined for it until June 29.
Although Israel announced Sunday that it would ease its land blockade on the coastal region, which has been under siege for three years, it is widely believed that the recent measure does not mean the end of the siege and only aims to reduce global pressure on Tel Aviv following its deadly attack on the aid convoy.
Swedish dockworkers have also called Israel’s recent easing of its Gaza blockade as insufficient and urged for an international probe into the attack.