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Jewish Volunteers Sought to Replace Christian Anti-apartheid Protestors

The American Jewish Committee has sent out a special call to Jewish volunteers to relieve Christian apartheid-protestors here who wish to worship and join their families on Christmas Day.

In a statement to the press today, the AJC said that “members of national Jewish organizations, organized by the American Jewish Committee, “will hold a special vigil to protest South Africa’s apartheid policies on Christmas Day from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Embassy of South Africa.

In its statement, the AJC said that for many years, Jewish groups have volunteered to take over the public-service activities of their Christian friends and associates on Christmas Day, “thus assuring that their Christian allies can spend this major holiday with their families and loved ones while also assuring that vital public services continue.” In asking for volunteers, the AJC said this would help make for “an impressive day both for the cause of South African freedom and for Christian-Jewish unity.”