Jewish activists rallying for Gaza cease-fire shut down Hollywood intersection

People in black sit somberly in the middle of an intersection on a city street.
Demonstrators block the Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue intersection during a sit-in on Wednesday.
(Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)
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Jewish activist groups organized a rally that shut down the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue on Wednesday, a move of civil disobedience as they advocated for a cease-fire in Gaza.

Protesters participate in a sit-in demanding a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war at De Longpre Park
Protesters gather at De Longpre Park in Los Angeles on Wednesday before marching to Hollywood.
(Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

Hundreds attended the protest, most of them wearing black. The Los Angeles Police Department said at about 5:30 p.m. that traffic was closed around the demonstration, with protesters sitting in the intersection.


Hollywood Boulevard was shut down between Orange Drive and Las Palmas Avenue, while Highland Avenue was closed from Franklin Place to Sunset Boulevard.

The rally was co-organized by the groups IfNotNow and Jewish Voice for Peace, both of which are urging a ceasefire in Gaza. Participants at the event were holding signs reading, “Jews say no to genocide,” and chanting, “Rain or shine, Free Palestine!” amid Wednesday’s rainstorm.

The event began in De Longpre Park in Los Angeles at 2:30 p.m., with participants gathering before marching to the intersection in the heart of Hollywood.

By 7:50 p.m., the protesters had cleared the intersection, and traffic had resumed. No arrests were made as a result of the event.

“The Demonstration was peaceful and participants have cleared the scene,” LAPD posted on X, formerly known as Twitter. “Thank you for your patience.”


Protesters participate in a sit-in demanding a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war
Somber protesters in black gather Wednesday at De Longpre Park. Jewish activist groups organized the rally demanding a cease-fire in Gaza.
(Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

Although the Hollywood protest proceeded without incident, a similar protest advocating for a ceasefire in Gaza that was happening concurrently outside the Democratic National Headquarters in Washington, D.C., did not. The Washington rally erupted into violence Wednesday night, with Capitol police tussling with and arresting participants. Members of both IfNotNow and Jewish Voice for Peace were reported to be among those in attendance.