Water Transport Federation in India joins global movement, stands against handling weapons ships for Israel


The Water Transport Workers Federation of India, representing over 3,500 workers at 11 major ports, has announced they will not handle weaponized cargoes from Israel or any nation carrying military equipment to Palestine. 

 In a statement on February 14, the federation expressed solidarity with labor unions, condemning the war in Gaza and refusing to support the handling of weapons that contribute to harming innocent civilians.

Condemning Israel’s military campaign in Gaza, the group said, “We always stand against the war (in Gaza) and killing innocent people like women and children. Women and children have been blown to pieces in the war. Parents were unable to recognise their children killed in bombings which were exploding everywhere.”

Similar actions have been observed in other countries, such as Australia, Spain, and Belgium, where transport workers’ unions have urged members to avoid handling military equipment destined for Israel. 

Pro-Palestine demonstrations have also occurred in the US at ports aiming to hinder shipments of military equipment for Israel. The federation calls for an immediate ceasefire and declares solidarity with those advocating for peace. The decision aligns with similar efforts globally in response to the conflict.