Anti-Israel activists paralyzed a vital Los Angeles traffic artery when they blocked Interstate 110 with another of the pro-Hamas protests that have taken place to demand a ceasefire before the terror organization is eradicated.
On Wednesday morning, activists from the local chapter of a radical left-wing organization parked themselves across the southbound Harbor Freeway in downtown Los Angeles, completely shutting down travel for commuters during rush hour for about two hours until police were able to end the protest, taking dozens of the activist miscreants into custody, allowing for the resumption of traffic.
Local news reports show the scene with video taken from sky cam helicopters was a column of vehicles is trapped with no way to exit, inconveniencing people who were just trying to get to work and go about their daily business, not to mention impeding a route for ambulances and emergency vehicles.
Backups also extended to nearby side streets and highways, creating a major traffic nightmare during one of the busiest times of the day.
The group that organized the protest, IfNotNow identifies itself as “a movement of American Jews organizing our community to end U.S. support for Israel’s apartheid system and demand equality, justice, and a thriving future for all Palestinians and Israelis.”
IfNotNow uses the professed Judaism of its members to cloak what is the same type of anti-western agenda that has been at the heart of other domestic “protest” movements that have waged war against society in post-Obama America, most notably, the George Floyd “summer of love” mayhem and various and sundry anti-Trump demonstrations.
“We have tried everything else. We have called, we have marched, we have sung, we have prayed. We have written letters and visited offices,” said IfNotNow spokesperson Noa Kattler-Kupetz in a statement, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Yet politicians like President Biden continue to stonewall, and Israel continues to slaughter innocent Gazans by the thousands. Enough. We cannot wait another day.”
According to one local report, school buses were among the vehicles affected by the protest.
Two school buses full of children were stuck on 110 freeway for over an hour, during a Wednesday morning roadway protest calling for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war pic.twitter.com/domuskcGL5
— KCAL News (@kcalnews) December 13, 2023
While such disruptive demonstrations make for great performative theatrics and grab headlines, the activists aren’t exactly winning the hearts and minds of people who might otherwise be swayed to sympathy for the cause.
“A pro-Hamas mob has shut down the 110 freeway in Los Angeles and angry drivers take matters into their own hands,” wrote conservative commentator Charlie Kirk on X, sharing a video of the angry reaction to the protest. “Not only is this ‘protest. illegal and dangerous, it’s also dumb. They just clogged Angelenos main artery running through downtown, the sacred cow of transportation. If you want to turn LA Democrats off from supporting your cause, this is how you do it. Bravo, idiots.”
A pro-Hamas mob has shut down the 110 freeway in Los Angeles and angry drivers take matters into their own hands.
Not only is this “protest” illegal and dangerous, it’s also dumb. They just clogged Angelenos main artery running through downtown, the sacred cow of transportation.… https://t.co/mQ60KDskZt
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) December 13, 2023
Another video posted to X shows one bystander tossing a traffic cone at the protesters.
A motorcycle drove through the protest line – nobody injured or hit as far as I could tell – and people have left their cars irate to argue with the protesters. One man throws at traffic cone at the menorah: pic.twitter.com/vRuFtddBUW
— Jon peltz (@JonnyPeltz) December 13, 2023
X users reacted to the group’s disregard for Los Angelinos.
Nothing wins hearts and mind of Angelenos like an hour-long traffic jam! Keep it up, you’re doing great!
— deepthots (@peel_slowly) December 13, 2023
We want to protest a fake genocide so we blocked the freeway leading to children’s hospital Los Angeles
— Hillary (@hillduhski) December 13, 2023
Shutting down a freeway with a protest in Los Angeles will not stop the Israel v Hamas War in Gaza.
All the people do is piss off other motorists trying to go about their day.
— AlwaysRollingLife (@AlwaysRolling00) December 13, 2023
Good they were arrested!
What gives them the right to block outright of free movement??
— ALL IN ON CRYPTO (@aesagt) December 13, 2023
This is a great way to create solidarity AGAINST whatever your cause is.
— Brian Doherty (@BDOH) December 13, 2023
75 people were arrested by California Highway Patrol officers according to local news reports.
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