Zakia Belkhiri, the young Muslim women who went viral after mockingly taking a selfie in front of an anti-Islam demonstration in Belgium apologized after her anti-Semitic tweets were discovered days later.
Belkhiri received laudatory coverage from English outlets like Vox, BBC, Huffington Post, The Telegraph, and Mic after pictures of her proudly posing in front of the far right Vlaams Belang protest spread on social media, while also receiving widespread coverage in the Belgian media.
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But it soon emerged that Belkhiri had a history of hate herself. “Hitler didn’t kill all the Jews, he left some. So we know why he was killing them,” she wrote in 2012.
Belkhiri initially claimed images of the tweet (which she deleted) were altered, before explaining that when she said “Jews,” she really meant “Zionists.”
Eventually, she issued a lengthier apology. “I would like to apologize to everyone in the Jewish community which I’ve hurt with my comments of several years ago,” she tweeted out, before deleting her social media accounts.
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