Chanukah Action – Now and Then

Art by Zoe Cohen

A story from the history of New Jewish Agenda, inspired by

On the last night of Hanukah 1984 (also Christmas Day), New Jewish Agenda sponsored protests outside South African consulates in five U.S. cities, which received international press attention. In New York, four protesters were arrested in an NJA demonstration outside the South African Consulate. In Washington DC, three hundred members of New Jewish Agenda and a number of more mainstream organizations came to the consulate to protest. In a press statement, NJA explained: “This effort will permit Christian supporters of the Free South Africa movement the opportunity to spend the day with family and friends while sending the South African government the clear message that the struggle against their racist, apartheid policies will not cease even for a single day.”