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Chloé Simone Valdary, Zionist American college student, attacked by anti-Israel racist, Richard Silverstein

The Jewish Press first featured Chloé Simone Valdary on our site over a year ago. She is the African American Christian Zionist student founder and president of the University of New Orleans’ Allies for Israel. She helped organize and also ran a major pro-Israel event there last spring.

Valdary has only become more sophisticated and deeply devoted to Israel over the past year.

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She’s been to Israel several times, attended numerous pro-Israel events, written sophisticated op-eds, articles and prose about the Middle East.

In addition to being a junior at the University of New Orleans, Valdary is also the assistant director of special programs at the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel. She is also currently in the final stages of preparation for her second major pro-Israel event, Declare Your Freedom, to be held in New Orleans this spring.

This past week an outcry arose from New York Israel supporters when it was discovered that the Jewish Museum in New York City planned to provide a platform for Judith Butler, well-known member of the virulently anti-Israel crowd.

Butler last aroused an outcry when she spoke in favor of the BDS movement at Brooklyn College, almost a year ago. BDS is the Boycott of, Divestment from and Sanctions against Israel, which promotes economic and legal warfare against the Jewish State.

Valdary wrote a letter to Brooklyn College students last year, urging them to rise up and speak out against that anti-Israel event.

Many active in the New York City area pro-Israel community met Valdary when the college student was recently in New York. She, along with this unofficial yet effective group, was part of the emailing, phone calling and tweeting against Butler that resulted in the Jewish Museum rescinding its offer of a platform for Judith Butler at the Jewish Museum.

In a blog entry Valdary penned at the Times of Israel, she called out Butler for her anti-Semitism, and included herself in the “we” of Zionists. Her article was published on Feb. 21. This is the final paragraph:

So in this endeavor for morality and justice, we, the proud Zionist community of America, rose up. We lit up the phone lines of the Jewish Museum in New York and demanded that this event be canceled. We organized on social media, we emailed, we protested. We, this people, with a history, and a creed, and a culture, and a cause,  which we intend to perpetuate with every fiber of our being, rose up and affected positive and meaningful change. And we have every intention to continue this fight for the right to be free.

Not surprisingly, those who support Butler’s view of the Middle East conflict, those who support the BDS movement and who are willing to “understand” what drives the terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah, do not agree with Valdary.

Richard Silverstein, however, a fairly well-known, member of the Israel-is-always-wrong clan but who is generally considered to be too much of a crackpot to invite a response from Israel supporters, crossed a line that shocked many, even considering Silverstein’s inglorious history.

In a tweet sent at 8:48 ET, on Feb. 21, Silverstein suggested Valdary was manipulated by Zionists, referred to her as a “Negro,” and wrote that she would be making “Uncle Tom” dance with joy, presumably because he saw her pro-Israel activities as sucking up to white folks. This is the tweet:

Anti-Israel blogger Richard Silverstein uses racial slurs to attack an African American Zionist
Anti-Israel blogger Richard Silverstein uses racial slurs to attack an African American Zionist
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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the JewishPress.com. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com

21 COMMENTS

  1. Jew haters will drag every Zionst through the mud. They are equal opportunity bigots. They cannot tolerate support from others. Chloe is driving them crazy. Good. And another things- words hurt. We are responsible for what we say and how it lands for a person. That reptile should slither under the rock from which he crawled. He hasn't a clue as to what Tikkun Olam means. He is the essence of the opposite.

  2. Thanks Lori for both acknowledging the good work Chloe is doing and for outing Silverstein for rabid racism. As a Brooklyn born and raised Jew I never thought I'd live to see the day anti- semitism would come back to life , nor would I imagine I would feel so powerless when it did. Chloe's involvement has made us all feel empowered again, especially in the face of other Jews who are ashamed of , or just don't understand what Zionism is here for. Silverstein, however takes the cake , as a not so great triple threat, of shonda Jew , racist! and Israel bashed. Good to shed light so we can make positive change, before it is too late to turn the tide .

  3. FIRST AMENDMENT READ IT,ARE YOU GOING TO WAIT FOR OUR ARABS TO KILL US ALL I LIVE IN 13KM OF GAZIA ROCKETS FALL HERE WEEKLY ONLY LAST NIGHT SO DON'T TELL ME ABOUT THESE NAZI ,WHO WANT TO BOYCOTT US 1933 ALL OVER AGAIN,AND YOU DON'T LIKE MY WORDS,{WAKE UP PEOPLE WE OUR FACING THE DESTRUCTION OF THE NATION BY THE ARAB NATIONS }

  4. Yes indeed the First Amendment of our Constitution seem to be at work here, the misuse by Mr. Silverstein is an abomination; a blogger suggested checking out the following before going any further; I did and I think you should too. What a surprise! Please see:

    http://www.israellycool.com/resources/richard-silverstein/

    Regarding the purity issue, I am not of the Jewish Faith, but I am a student and as any Jewish scholar will tell you there is no such thing as a "Pure Jew" After the destruction of the Temple of Salomon, what did the Romans do to the nation?

    The attempt in past century was because there was no "Purity" So, where does Silverstein and his cronies come up with this nonsense?

    Further, if he is not clear about Christianity, let me just say, It is based on the JEWISH LAW! We are all in this together! Form the North to the South, From the East to the West; Light Skin, Dark Skin, Speaking Hebrew, Yiddish, Spanish, English, Arabic, you choose, we are in this together!

    Mr. Silverstein, leave Chloe Simone Valdary alone!

  5. Silverstein is a sick, twisted, deceitful bigot and hate monger, a nobody who could only get attention by wrongly attacking with lies Israel, the only democracy and best country in the Middle East, and its supporters.

  6. Always nice to see the unmasking of bigots masquerading as human rights activists. I am sorry that Ms. Valdary had to suffer for it, but I do hope it brings her comfort to see yet another Jew-hating idiot having a work accident, even if just a virtual one – for now.

  7. Uplifting to read about an amazing woman like Cloé Simone Valdary. BDS is in its construct and intension an infamous assault on Israel and the Zionist idea. We need friends and supporters from all corners of the academic and professional scene. – The leftists and the Muslim camp direct a mercy-less campaign against Israel as a Jewish State.

  8. Silverstein is happily anxious to promote and celebrate his ignorance for all of social media to behold. Once again he demonstrates how proudly the left cultivate their own special brand of fascism for the 'masses'.

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