Over two dozen people were arrested Wednesday in connection with a pro-Palestinian protest that blocked the entrance to John F. Kennedy International Airport.
According to Fox 5 New York, the Port Authority confirmed that at least 26 individuals were arrested Wednesday for blocking part of the Van Wyck Expressway, which is located inside John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York.
A video posted on social media by RAWSALERTS shows multiple protesters preventing people from passing through the entrance of John F. Kennedy International Airport. RAWSALERTS claimed the protest was “causing a travel nightmare” for people returning from Christmas.
Charlie Kirk, Turning Point USA founder and CEO, also shared a video of the pro-Palestine protest at the John F. Kennedy International Airport, describing the protesters as “domestic extremists.”
Fox 5 New York reported that multiple protesters were observed at John F. Kennedy International Airport with “Free Palestine” and “Divest From Genocide” signs. The protest resulted in a traffic jam that forced people to leave their vehicles and walk to the airport, carrying their luggage on foot in order to make it to the various airport gates on time.
The Port Authority provided a statement Wednesday to FOX 5 NY, saying, “At about 11:30 this morning, PAPD was notified of protest activity on the Van Wyck Expressway inside JFK Airport. 26 arrests were made for disorderly conduct and impeding vehicular traffic. The roadway was reopened at 11:50. During the disruption, the Port Authority dispatched two airport buses, offering rides to travelers involved in the backup to allow them to reach the airport safely.”
According to Fox 11 Los Angeles, a similar pro-Palestinian protest also took place Wednesday outside the entrance to the Los Angeles International Airport. Fox 11 Los Angeles reported that the Los Angeles Police Department intervened at roughly 9:30 a.m. due to the protesters attempting to block the entrance to the airport with cement blocks and other obstacles. By noon, law enforcement officials estimated that roughly 35 protesters had been arrested.
This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.