In California, hundreds of protesters shut down all westbound lanes of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for several hours on Thursday morning, demanding President Biden call for an immediate ceasefire and an end to U.S. military aid to Israel. Police arrested 81 people. The protest came as President Biden met with world leaders in San Francisco at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
In Boston, Massachusetts, Jewish peace activists led a sit-in protest Thursday that shut down traffic on the Boston University Bridge. In a social media post, the group IfNotNow Boston apologized to anyone stuck in traffic, but added, “We have tried everything else. We have called, we have marched, we have sung, we have prayed. We have written letters, and visited offices. Yet politicians like [President Biden] and [Senator Elizabeth Warren] continue to stonewall, and Israel continues to slaughter innocent Gazans by the thousands.”
We’ll have more on protests against Israel’s assault on Gaza after headlines, when we’ll speak with IfNotNow spokesperson Eva Borgwardt.