Unlikely Pro-Israel Advocate Fighting to End Anti-Semitism

At a time where the anti-Israel BDS movement is gaining momentum and popularity, it is always encouraging and refreshing to hear that support, sanity and reason still exists; sometimes in the most unlikely of locations.

In New Orleans, Louisiana, on the Mississippi River is a branch of the Intercontinental Church of God who not only shun the pseudo-Caribbean voodoo culture that is typical of the region; they rigorously adhere to certain parts of the Torah. 23-year-old Chloe Valdary came from this community. She is not Jewish, but in that church you will find belief systems that adherents of Judaism are familiar with – keeping kosher and celebrating Biblical holidays.

Even with this strong foundation, Chloe was only vaguely aware of matters pertaining to Israel, but this changed when she was influenced by the works of Leon Uris, Elie Wiesel and learning about the Holocaust. Before long, this intelligent, young and outspoken girl became a pro-Israel campus activist at the Universities of New Orleans and Tulane before moving on to be a research fellow at The Wall Street Journal. Over the years, in her subsequent jobs and her own campus organization Allies for Israel, her mission has not changed. She feels that believers in democracy, both Jews and non-Jews must come against the injustice that is anti-Semitism.

Valdary has spent time learning about pro-Israel advocacy in the US and has contributed greatly to developing ways to reach young people in the medium they are more familiar with; namely video. She feels that the story of the Jewish people is inspiring because it embodies the human experience.

Not one to back down from a challenge, this outspoken activist penned a scathing article, “To the Students for Justice in Palestine, a Letter From an Angry Black Woman”, in which she accused her pro-Palestinian counterparts of misappropriating the rhetoric of the black civil rights movement. She wrote, “You do not have the right to invoke my people’s struggle for your shoddy purposes, and you do not get to feign victimhood in our name. You do not get to pretend as though you and Rosa Parks would have been great buddies in the 1960s. Rosa Parks was a real Freedom Fighter. Rosa Parks was a Zionist.”

The activist’s identity and heritage make her quite unique in pro-Israel advocacy, which has caused some confusion. Valdary has been accused of being Evangelical and Right wing even though she claims to be neither. She has faced criticism from many groups and individuals, including a blogger who wrote this racist comment: “They finally did it: found a Negro Zionist: Uncle Tom is dancin’ for joy!”

With the popularity has also come negative backlash including death threats. Not deterred, Chloe says these just spur her on to continue spreading the message that anti-Semitism comes from racism, and the treatment for racism is to continue spreading positive messages about Zionism. She writes, “I am not concerned about the long, arduous road that is this battle. We must fight with every fiber of our beings. We will win. We have no other choice. We must end anti-Semitism once and for all.”