Owners of the Egyptian ship Cleopatra - Khedivial Mail Line - seeks an injunction to halt picketing of their vessel by American longshoremen and seamen's unions in New York, April 19.
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Background: Owners of the Egyptian ship Cleopatra - Khedivial Mail Line - seeks an injunction to halt picketing of their vessel by American longshoremen and seamen's unions in New York, April 19. For the second time, at Foley Square Courthouse, the owners failed. This time the federal judge reserved judgement. Previous hearing ended with refusal to ban picketing.
Protesting against discrimination by Egypt against ships trading with Israel, America's Seafarers' International Union claims seamen's employment is in jeopardy because of the boycott of Israel. But more forceful them courtroom oratory is the East Coast International Longshoremen's Association's sympathy with S.I.U. and its boycott of the Cleopatra, now a week in dock without being able to off-load its cargo. And while the powerful Longshoremen's Association maintains its boycott Cleopatra's general cargo stays in the holds.
The court action pivots on the question of ownership of the Cleopatra. The Union claims she is United Arab Republic Government property because the Khedivial Mail Line was nationalised. The shipping line refutes this, denying it was ever taken over by the government. S.I.U.'s reply is that if its company has been denationalised, the cleopatra is "an instrumentality of the boycott by the Egyptian Government against our men, our ships and our jobs."
Meanwhile the picket line - often meagre - maintains its vigil.