California Freeway Blocked During Protest

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( – InNotNow, a progressive Jewish organization that is pro-Palestine, blocked a highway in Los Angeles last week in an attempt to push for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war. The group has been trying to put an end to U.S. support for Israel and has argued that the protest’s timing was aligned with Hanukkah, according to The Hill. 

On X, formerly known as Twitter, the group posted that on the sixth day of the Jewish celebration they were blocking the freeway as they were pushing for the U.S. to stop their support of the Israeli military and demand a ceasefire. 

The group said that as Jewish people, they could not stand back and watch while the people of Gaza were being killed and starved in their name. They further claimed that as Americans, they should not just sit back while the U.S. Congress and President Joe Biden provided billions more in funding for “war crimes.” 

The post on the social media platform included a video from the protest, where protestors seemed to be stretching across a freeway with linked arms. They were also heard chanting “cease-fire now.”

NBC Los Angeles reported that the protest took place on the 110 freeway in downtown Los Angeles. The California Highway Patrol reportedly also arrived on the scene, and 75 individuals were arrested during the event. Traffic was also blocked for over an hour as a result of the protest. 

Last month, IfNotNow launched a similar protest in Massachusetts. At the time, the protestors blocked traffic at the bridge that connects Boston and Cambridge. Their efforts were reportedly part of an attempt to have Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) support them in their push for a cease-fire. 

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