Exclusive Video: Anti-Israel Protestors Block Bay Bridge, Disrupt Morning Commute

During morning rush-hour in the San Francisco Bay Area, anti-Israel protesters blocked the San Francisco Bay Bridge on the westbound direction heading from the East Bay to San Francisco.

In a video obtained by the Bay Area Telegraph, a large group of protesters is seen holding banners reading “Stop the Genocide” and other anti-Israel banners. Motorists and motorcyclists can be seen stopped and filing onto the bridge.

A person associated with the protesters can be heard yelling through what appears to be a megaphone. The protests appeared to block all lanes on the bridge and caused major disruptions during rush hour.

The slogans and banners present are consistent with other anti-Israel rhetoric seen in the Bay Area. The protest reportedly took two hours to clear, as the protesters allegedly chained themselves together in their vehicles to prevent their removal from the bridge.

Photos obtained by the Bay Area Telegraph show police vehicles, and member of the California Highway Patrol with riot gear approaching the protesters, likely in order to remove them.

This is not the only rush-hour protest that has occurred in the Bay Area around this topic recently. Peaceful pro-Israel protesters have gathered daily on an overpass above Highway 24 with signs demanding the release of hostages held by Hamas.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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