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Italian dockworkers stop arms shipment to Israel in solidarity with Palestine.

Italian port workers in the city of Livorno refused to load weapon shipments destined for Israel in the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Italian port workers in the city of Livorno refused to load weapon shipments destined for Israel in the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.On April 13, the first night of Ramadan, Israeli forces put up a blockade at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Subsequently, the violence escalated in other parts of the disputed territory, including the Gaza Strip, in early May 2021. After hundreds of lives were lost due to the conflict, on May 21, 2021, Israel and Palestine announced a cease-fire, calling for an end to the hostilities.

While the tensions were at their peak between Israel and Palestine, Italian workers in the port of Livorno refused to load a shipment of arms destined for Israel as the country's military continued to unleash airstrikes on Gaza. L'Unione Sindacale di Base (USB), an Italian trade union of port workers, said that the dockworkers decided to stop loading the shipment fearing the weapons would kill the innocent Palestinians already hit by deadly attacks over the past days, which caused hundreds of civilian victims, including women and children.

The USB, in its publication, thanked the Autonomous Port Workers Collective of Genoa and the WeaponWhath association for tipping off on the arrival of the weapons shipment meant for Israel. Further, the USB noted an objective security issue to the workers and the people living nearby. Workers at the port of Livorno, Italy, took to the streets in solidarity to Palestine and denounced the arrival of the Asiatic Island, a ship destined for Israel carrying weapons.

Additionally, the union demanded port authority, the harbormaster, and border authorities to check the ship's cargo, along with the dozens of armored military vehicles that were waiting to be loaded in the harbor. Upon further investigation, the union confirmed that no military equipment would be loaded on the ship at Livorno but demanded all shipments to Israel be halted.

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