Swedish dockworkers boycott Israeli ships

About 1,500 union members will take part in the week-long boycott to protest Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed nine activists.

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STOCKHOLM // Dockworkers in Sweden are boycotting Israeli ships and cargo to protest Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed nine pro-Palestinian activists last month. The Swedish Port Workers Union says it supported the international aid convoy and demands that Israel lift its blockade on Gaza. Israel recently eased the three-year-old blockade under international pressure. About 1,500 union members are taking part in the week-long boycott that began today.

Union spokesman Bjorn Borg says dockworkers in the southwestern port of Goteborg have refused to handle about a dozen containers containing cargo from Israel or goods destined for it. Several Swedish activists were on the flotilla when Israel attacked it May 31. * AP