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Anti-Israel rally at JFK Airport causes New Year’s Day travel nightmare

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Hateful anti-Israel protesters yelling inflammatory chants snarled traffic and caused chaos as they descended upon John F. Kennedy International Airport Monday – creating a  nightmare on one of the busiest travel days of the year. 

The Belt Parkway — a major thoroughfare used by vehicles to travel to the airport — was temporarily blocked off by police near Exit 20 as they tried to stem the flow of the “Flood JFK For Gaza” protest, which was planned by Within Our Lifetime, a Palestinian-led activist group.

“NYPD, KKK, IDF you’re all the same,” protesters inside an SUV screeched through a megaphone, according to video posted to X.

Other footage posted to social media showed more than a dozen cars waving Palestinian flags and honking car horns on the gridlocked parkway shortly before the planned rally at 2 p.m.

A box truck displayed images of Israeli troops with Palestinian children, claiming “Israel has waged a war on the children in Palestine.”

Anti-Israel protesters continue to blockade JFK Airport with dozens of vehicles. FNTV

Around 100 cars left from Canarsie earlier in an effort to halt travel at JFK – but were denied entry into Terminal 4, where photos showed an armored NYPD vehicle parked in a lane near the terminal’s exit.

“Airport is swarming with law enforcement and organizers were removed from Terminal 4,” Within Our Lifetime posted on X in a Monday afternoon update.

After being turned away from JFK, the car caravan left the area and headed to LaGuardia Airport, creating more congestion on the Grand Central Parkway, according to an NYPD advisory posted on X shortly after 3 p.m.

The Belt Parkway was temporarily blocked off by police near Exit 20. FNTV
More than a dozen cars had people waving Palestinian flags and honking car horns on the gridlocked parkway. Stephen Yang

But the group met a similar fate as they were also blocked from entering the second airport, according to Brooklyn Councilwoman Inna Vernikov.

Traveling by rail wasn’t much better as the shuttle train at Jamaica station had limited access to only employees and people with boarding passes, video shows.

NYPD Chief of Transportation Philip Rivera advised travelers to plan their travel ahead of time and be prepared for delays due to planned protests.

Social media users voiced their outrage at the protesters clogging up traffic.

The demonstration comes just days after police arrested at least 26 protestors that blocked the Van Wyck Expressway. FNTV

“Bring bulldozers… clear the road!!!!,” Rick Gavin wrote on X.

“Break out the water cannons. Enough of this crap,” another social media user vented.

X user James Gilmour said that the NYPD should “arrest all of them.”

New York Police members patrol around terminal 4 at JFK International Airport as security units await the arrival of a Pro-Palestinian protest. REUTERS

“Absolutely disgusting behaviour. Arrest all of them. Scum of society,” Gilmour said.

A third X user similarly called for repercussions for the demonstrators.

“Consequence, please & thx. All for protests, but not when it disrupts innocent lives,” the user wrote.

NYPD Chief of Transportation Philip Rivera advised travelers to plan their travel ahead of time and be prepared for delays due to planned protests. FNTV

Sources said no arrests had been made by early Monday evening.

The NYPD did not immediately return requests for comment.

In yet another stop, the group who organized Monday’s rally urged protesters to head to Wall Street in Lower Manhattan. 

The New Year’s Day disturbance comes just days after police arrested at least 26 protestors that blocked the Van Wyck Expressway, halting access to JFK.

As many as 40 people linked hands together, blocking traffic on the highway and on a service road – which forced travelers to walk to their terminals in the rain with their luggage.




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