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Port Tampa Bay dockworker speaks out about political intimidation at workplace listen

09/23/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Block the Boat Tampa, BDS, Palestine, unions, Israel, boycott

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Last weekend was the second major action by a local human rights group calling attention to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Block the Boat Tampa rallied outside Port Tampa Bay in the rain beginning before sunrise Saturday morning hoping to convince dock workers to respect their picket line and not unload a cargo ship owned by an Israeli company.

The Zim Alabama was delayed because of weather, but eventually was unloaded by longshore...

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Tampa activists will try again to block ship of Israeli company listen

09/18/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Block the Boat Tampa, BDS, Zim Alabama, Israel, Palestine, Gaza

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A cargo ship that was the target last month of human rights activists boycotting Israeli companies is on its way back to Port Tampa Bay. And the group Block the Boat Tampa will be back at the port beginning Saturday morning to try to stop the Zim Alabama from unloading its cargo.

Thursday WMNF interviewed Dezeray Lyn, an organizer with Block the Boat Tampa.

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Activists at Port Tampa Bay rally, but are unable to stop an Israeli ship from unloading its cargo listen

09/02/14 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Block the Boat, Block the Boat Tampa, BDS, Israel, Zim, Port Tampa Bay, Port of Tampa, Tampa, Palestine

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Protesters greeted a ship from an Israeli company on Saturday.

They join others at ports around the country drawing attention to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

The dozen or so activists were not able to stop the ship from unloading its cargo, but raised awareness of the campaign to protest the Israeli shipping company.

About 40 non violent peace activists braved the intense noon day August sun to protest the unloading of the Israeli cargo ship Zim Alabama. They set up along ...

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Activists hope to block ship from Israeli company from unloading at Port Tampa Bay listen

08/26/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Palestine, Israel, BDS, Block the Boat Tampa, Tampa, Port Tampa Bay, Port of Tampa

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Local activists are taking the struggle for Palestinian rights to Port Tampa Bay. An Israeli ship, the Zim Alabama, is scheduled to dock there this week, but a new group called Block the Boat Tampa wants to stop it from being unloaded here. It’s part of the nonviolent struggle for Palestinian rights called BDS or boycott, divestment and sanctions.

WMNF's Seán Kinane interviewed Bettejo Indelicato, who is helping to organize [Block the Bo...

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Pro-Palestine divestment effort fails at USF Tampa listen

05/28/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Palestine, Students for Justice in Palestine, BDS, Divestment, Israel, USF, USF Foundation

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A USF Foundation committee killed an effort Wednesday to divest from companies considered human rights violators by pro-Palestinian groups. The move, initiated by USF Foundation board member Alan Bomstein, comes after Students for Justice in Palestine spent two months collecting more than 10,000 signatures supporting pulling investments from companies like Lockheed Martin and Caterpillar.

“The USF Foundation will not divest investments based on requests from individuals or groups nor will...

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USF students for divestment meet with university foundation listen

05/06/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: USF, BDS, Palestine, Israel, SJP at USF

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University of South Florida students who are leading a drive to get the school to divest from companies profiting off the Israeli occupation of Palestine met yesterday afternoon with some members of the USF Foundation.

Tuesday WMNF spoke with a member of Students for Justice in Palestine at USF, Malak Fakhoury.

"We had a meeting with the USF Foundation in order to approach them about the demand for divestment that has arisen on campus over the past couple of months. As you know, we ha...

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USF students want university to divest from companies profiting from occupation listen

04/25/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: USF, Palestine, BDS

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Student activists at the University of South Florida are asking the university to divest from companies doing business in occupied Palestine.

They’ve collected ten thousand signatures on what they’re calling a human rights petition.

WMNF News interviewed Ahmad Saadaldin, president of Students for Justice in Palestine at USF.

"Our petition is a human rights petition calling on the University of South Florida to stop investin...

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In Tampa gathering United Methodist Church rejects divestment from Israel listen

05/03/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Late yesterday in Tampa the general conference of the United Methodist Church rejected a measure to divest from three companies that aid in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Supporters of divestment said it failed because delegates did not have all of the information.

After holding out hope for a week and a half, some supporters of the Kairos Response that called on divestment from Israel cried. But most of them marched through the Tampa Convention Center chanting their ...

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Parents of Rachel Corrie in Tampa to get United Methodists to divest from Caterpillar

04/25/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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My Last Call guests are Cindy and Craig Corrie; in March 2003 their daughter, Rachel Corrie was killed in the Gaza Strip when she was run over by a Caterpillar bulldozer being driven by a member of the Israeli military.

They’re in Tampa this week to attend the United Methodist Church General Conference. A group called United Methodist Kairos Response will be asking the United Methodist Church’s General Conference in Tampa to [divest](http://www.wmnf.o...

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Inter-faith group calls on the United Methodists to divest from 3 major companies doing business with Israel listen

04/24/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today is the first day of the United Methodist Church’s general conference in Tampa. Some church members and other human rights activists are asking the denomination to pull investments from companies whose products aide in Israeli violence against Palestinians. About 30 supporters wore yellow to a press conference at a downtown Tampa hotel this morning to symbolize hope for the end of suffering in Palestine. Opponents of the divestment measure argue that positive investments should be use...

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