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Stand with Chloé Simone Valdary

Stand with Chloé Simone Valdary

Stoking racial divisions is a key anti-Israel campus strategy, don’t let it win.

http://youtu.be/B084EmNeNDk

We have featured Tulane University student Chloé Simone Valdary before.

We highlighted a great video Valdary produced for a pro-Israel event to be held at Tulane.

For that effort, Valdary was attacked by the usual suspects like Max Blumenthal, as being an Israel Lobby paid stooge. As Lori Lowenthal Marcus reports, the event Valdaray promoted took place with great success in late March, attended by over 400 pro-Israel students.

But there has been a more sinister angle to the attacks on Valdary, as we highlighted in out post about The ugly, repugnant attack on a pro-Israel black American student, including a series of nasty racialized tweets by Richard Silverstein, like this one:

https://twitter.com/richards1052/status/437086594546536448

Is race behind the attacks on Valdary? Yes, says an op-ed column in The NY Post by Anthony Hardy Williams, the Democratic whip in the Pennsylvania state Senate, whose father worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and broke the color barrier at Penn State, The racism of the Israel-bashers:

The Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement against Israel is often seen as progressive — so it’s astounding to see its supporters turn to racism.

The latest target: Chloé Simone Valdary, an African-American undergraduate at the University of New Orleans and founder of the Allies of Israel Association.

Valdary recently wrote an article criticizing the Jewish Museum’s decision to invite Judith Butler, a University of California, Berkeley professor and outspoken BDS supporter to speak — an invitation Butler at first accepted, then declined.

BDS supporters’ response to Valdary was vile. Activist Zaid Jilani tweeted, “Non-jew [Chloé Valdary] smears famous Jewish academic as ally of Hitler,” then mocked her outspoken stand against anti-Semitism. (Jilani, by the way, was ousted from a liberal think tank last year for use of what his boss called “terrible anti-Semitic language.”)

Then there was Max Blumenthal, a former writer for the pro-Hezbollah Al Akhbar newspaper. (The Nation found Blumenthal’s recent book notable for its “equation of Israel with Nazis.”) He tweeted that Valdary is “beyond sickening” and “irrationally hateful” — and a “non-Jew” who represents “the future of Zionism.” ….

I’ve seen this too many times before: a supposed “progressive” stepping on the backs of African-Americans, then walking away as if the pain he’s inflicted is different from that caused by any other racist. Why should such hate speech go unchallenged, just because it’s cloaked as criticism of Israel?

As a civil-rights activist and leader in the African-American community, I’m exceptionally disturbed to discover that the response to this attack on Valdary has been subdued, almost nonexistent.

There is a reason the BDS movement goes after non-white supporters of Israel with a particular vengeance, including not just blacks but also Native Americans.

As we witnessed at Vassar recently, trying to racialize the dispute on campuses is a key strategy of the BDS movement.

BDS feeds off racial division, hoping that in a race war non-whites on campus will side with BDS. And if it needs to create those divisions, it will.

Don’t let BDS win. Stand with Chloé Simone Valdary.

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Apart from Jews, Blacks, especially, should find standing with BDS an untenable proposition because the enslavement of blacks is on going in Muslim lands today, Mauretania, example. Where did the Sudanese escapees from Islamic genocide run? It wasn’t to the surrounding Islamic territories. They deemed refuge in Israel and the promise of freedom that cam with it was worth the hazard of crossing the desert to get there. Even then, they were mistreated at the hands of the Muslims in Egypt.

When the word in Arabic for ‘black’ is the same as that for ‘slave’; when the people who allied themselves with Hitler during WWII were Muslims who were aggressively pushing the “faster, please!” Angle on the genocide of the Jews, it’s rather difficult to treat with anything but contempt people like “Activist Zaid Jilani [who] tweeted, “Non-jew [Chloé Valdary] smears famous Jewish academic as ally of Hitler”.

Judith Butler lay down with dogs, so, of course, she got up with fleas. It doesn’t matter if she is Jewish. She sided with a people who partnered with Hitler, learned from him, perpetuate his ideals in their countries, march and salute as his storm troopers did, and have as part of their covenant the Final Solution. Therefore, she is an ally of Hitler.

Zaid Jilani, like the Democrats, want blacks to know their place. His tweet shows that that place is not criticizing what BDS nuts do.

As for Chloé, fight on!

Captain Keogh | April 13, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Whenever I read about these BDS “events” I cannot help but think of the famous photo from April 1, 1933 with the storm trooper thugs outside a Jewish owned department store (“Nathan Israel’s Department Store”) in Berlin with their placards “Germans protect yourselves, do not buy from Jews”.

http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/media_ph.php?ModuleId=10005175&MediaId=619

Anthony Hardy Williams is a black Democrat that is smart enough to recognize that the BDS movement is as big a disaster for the Democrats as the David Duke candidacy for US President was for Republicans. Good for him.

LukeHandCool | April 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm

They finally did it: Found yet another anti-Semitic progressive Jew: Protocols authors are dancin’ for joy!

#HeavyLifters4Hamas

Captain Keogh | April 13, 2014 at 1:03 pm

David Duke of (0.94%) of the GOP primary votes and did not hurt the Republican Party.

Captain Keogh | April 13, 2014 at 1:14 pm

The one who hurt the Republican Party in 1992 was Pat Buchanan who wound up with a prime time convention speech with his “culture war” nonsense.

The Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement against Israel is often seen as progressive — so it’s astounding to see its supporters turn to racism.

I disagree. It’s not astounding at all, if you’ve been paying attention to progressives at all. I would label it “disgusting.”

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