Anti-Israel activists block San Mateo Bridge (Update: Caused Car Crashes)
Another hijacking of #BlackLivesMatter
Don’t say I didn’t warn you about how anti-Israel activists have set on a deliberate course to hijack the Ferguson and #BlackLivesMatters protests to their own anti-Israel agenda:
- Intifada Missouri – Anti-Israel activists may push Ferguson over the edge
- Anti-Israel activist still stoking fires in #Ferguson
- “Pigs in a blanket” chanted in #Ferguson long before #NYPD executions
- The Anti-Israel, Anti-Police Alliance
- Partners in protest: The anti-Israel, cop-bash link
- Wow, Marc Lamont Hill drank the anti-Israel Kool-Aid
It started in Ferguson, then the Eric Garner protests, and is being pushed by the anti-Israel Students for Justice in Palestine through groups like Dream Defenders, which carries a Tides Foundation logo on it’s website. Dream Defenders was responsible for Marc Lamont Hill’s trip to “Palestine” in which he recorded a video supporting “Revolutionary Struggle” against Israel.
A key player in the effort to turn the #BlackLivesMatter movement into an anti-Israel movement is recently graduated Stanford student and SJP activist Kristian Davis Bailey, who writes not only for the anti-Zionist Mondoweiss website, but also has been promoting the effort in Ebony Magazine.
“Mainstreaming” the anti-Israel Boycott Divest and Sanctions movement by connecting it to non-Palestinian struggles seems to be Bailey’s focus as at this End the Occupation conference:
Last night I tweeted out an image of the San Mateo – Hayward Bridge being blocked as part of #BlackLivesMatter protests:
I didn’t realize at the time that anti-Israel activists, led by Bailey, were behind it, as reported by the Stanford student newspaper:
According to protest participant Kristian Davis Bailey ’14, 11 protesters, 10 of whom were female, were put in jail while the rest were offered the option of being cited and released.
According to Bailey, the citations some protesters were issued included obstruction of entry on a public land, obstructing people’s moment and creating a public nuisance. In an effort to help collect funds for bail, Silicon Shut Down organizers set up a Venmo account for those protesters still in jail.
When asked why he participated in the protest, Bailey said, “I realized that it was time to put my body on the line and use my privilege as a Stanford student to elevate the issues of Black Lives Matter.”
Protest participant Michaela Ben Izzy ’18 said, “I’m really proud of everyone who was out there today.”
Additionally, during the demonstration, students held banners calling attention to the violence committed against black communities as well as the Palestinian and Mexican flags as an act of public solidarity with victims of state-sponsored and U.S.-sponsored violence in Mexico and Palestine.
“Combating the triplets of racism, militarism and materialism was one of the biggest legacies King left us,” said Bailey in a public statement. “We proudly carry the Palestinian flag as we call on Stanford to divest from human rights violations in the occupation and related state violence in the U.S. The recent trip of Black Lives Matter and Ferguson representatives to Palestine signifies these movements are coming together on a global scale.”
Protesters chose to inconvenience the weekend commute in order to remind Silicon Valley that “it can’t ignore oppression in the midst of its own comfort.”
Doesn’t look like they made any friends or changed any minds:
But unfurling the Palestinian flag was an accomplishment, apparently, in their own minds:
Baily uploaded photos to his Facebook account:
Anti-Israel academic boycott leader and Stanford Professor David Palumbo-Liu was pleased that his students were involved:
Expect more of this.
It’s the strategy we have seen time and again — turn every issue into an anti-Israel issue through exploiting domestic racial divisions.
From Ferguson to NYC to San Mateo, the hijacking of other peoples’ struggles by anti-Israel activists continues.
Update 1-22-2015: MLK Day protest on San Mateo Bridge caused crashes, CHP says (h/t EdgeOfTheSandbox Twitter):
A Martin Luther King Jr. Day protest that blocked traffic on the San Mateo Bridge during the evening commute also caused several crashes, authorities said Wednesday.
Protesters describing themselves as Stanford University students and carrying banners and a Palestinian flag were dropped off in the middle of the 7-mile span just before 5 p.m. Monday and shut down westbound traffic for more than an hour. The action was held in conjunction with several other Bay Area protests during the holiday honoring King.
The demonstration had a reverberating effect on the commute, causing several fender-benders and snarling traffic for hours even after lanes were cleared.
“One officer reported handling at least four collisions that resulted in minor injuries or property damages,” said Officer Daniel Hill of the California Highway Patrol.
Officers responded to small crashes on both sides of the bridge, but it was unclear how many vehicles were banged up.
One driver ditched a Honda Accord on the span after it was sandwiched between cars in westbound lanes during the protest, the CHP said.
The vehicle had “major front- and rear-end damage and the person ultimately abandoned it,” Hill said.
There were at least four crashes according to local television.
[Featured Image via Silicon Shutdown Twitter Cred: Nick Salazar]
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Do these demonstrators ever pay a price for their disruption of do charges get dropped later?
I’ve always heard that the charges were dropped after a couple of days.
I do not agree with that. Nor do I agree with them being handled gently. (An arrowhead plow at 90mph sounds about right.)
The idiots better not try something that stupid here in El Paso. The Mexican Truckers will mow them down without a second thought.
Seriously. Why did the people in the front of the line not simply just inch forward until they went past? If the protesters parked their cars on the bridge in the front, get 10 or 12 strong guys in the back, pick up the car AND PUSH IT OVER THE RAIL INTO THE WATER.
The general public needs to stop being tolerant of these idiots. Drive forward slowly, let them move out of the way, or not as they see fit, and if the police want to try to bring “hit-and-run” or “vehicular assault” charges against the drivers, BRING IT ON! That is a defense case I would take in a HEARTBEAT, because it’s a winner with the public AND WHEN (not if) you win at Jury Trial, you get to sue the CITY for abuse of process for bringing the charge in the first place.
I do agree with some of the other commenters here that one of the big companies needs to file suit against these idiots for business damage. Have somebody calculate it out exactly how much time/money/effort was lost due to the protest, and sue the protesters into bankruptcy from civil Court.
“FILL IT FULL OF PROTESTERS, WRAP IT IN THE PALESTINIAN FLAG, AND PUSH IT OVER THE RAIL INTO THE WATER.”
Fixed it for you.
Right on!! This is exactly what I did (drive through the protesters, not push their cars over a bridge) in West Hollywood on Santa Monica Blvd, when the rioters closed the street down after the Rodney King verdict. I did have to brandish a shotgun as I was driving at someone who started to smash my windows, but I got through without really hurting anyone — pushing someone with a car going about 2 mph is not inflicting any damage! All it cost me was a windshield wiper that got torn off.
One important point that is being missed, but indirectly touched on by commenters, and that is the notion of “they’d better not try this in El Paso.”
The protesters have no intention of doing so, and for a simple reason: the folks in El Paso aren’t the target of the protests.
You’d think that we good people of the heartland WOULD be the target, since the Left-tards are spouting all their hatred of us.
But blocking a bridge in San Mateo, invading an eatery in Manhattan, or blocking Castro Street is being done to send a warning to the LEFT residents of these blue cities and states. The message is simple: you’re supposed to be with us, and you’d better get your act together and say so.
Notice that not a single Democrat will put the Left-tards in their place. The Left-tards don’t listen to the heartland, to Republicans, to conservatives — remember, when they get power we’re all dead, so they’re not wasting time on us.
They’re telling their own base to be afraid of them. They wish to be the leaders of the progressive movement. It’s rather like how the Bolsheviks cleansed Russia of the social revolutionaries, social democrats, etc. The SRs and SDs weren’t communist enough so they got whacked.
Same thing here: the progressives can’t just be progressive, they have to progressive enough.
It’s not about us.
MLK supported Israel.
MLK is not a piece of property that can be claimed or reclaimed.
F**k, am I ready. Bring it.
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