A member of a Maryland hate crimes task force made numerous anti-Semitic social media posts, including a claim that the babies brutally murdered in the October 7 Hamas attack were “fakes” and a comparison of the nation of Israel to Nazi Germany.
Zainab Chaudry, an anti-Israel activist who serves as director of the Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), made the posts in the weeks following the Hamas attack that killed more than 1,200 people, including children and Young babies as well as numerous rapes and property damage.
“I will never be able to understand how the world aroused its anger over 40 fake Israeli babies while completely turning a blind eye to 3,000 real Palestinian babies,” Chaudry wrote in an Oct. 26 Facebook post.
“[T]This is the moment you become the thing you hate most,” Chaudry wrote in an Oct. 17 post that included two photos of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, another from a ceremony in 1936, when it was decorated with the flag of Nazi Germany during the Olympics that year.
In another post on November 6, Chaudry appeared to suggest that Israel’s very existence as a nation was the cause of the ongoing war, writing that this was an “inconvenient fact.” She attached a picture with the words “It all started in 1948,” the year Israel was founded as a nation.
Others from the weeks after the attack showed Chaudry sharing a quote celebrating “the martyred Palestinians” and a post in which he quoted what appeared to be an Islamic prophecy that said: “Garrisons defending the lands of Islam , will be in Ashkelon,” an Israeli city north of the Gaza Strip.
Despite the posts, Chaudry retained her seat on the Maryland Commission on Hate Crime Response and Prevention, a position to which she was nominated in August by Democratic Maryland Attorney General Anthony Brown.
According to Brown’s office, the commission’s goal is to address incidents of hate crimes throughout Maryland and to “communicate and promote understanding of diverse perspectives in a positive and meaningful manner.”
Brown’s spokeswoman, Jennifer Donelan, told Fox News Digital that “the views and opinions of any individual commissioner do not reflect the views and opinions of either.” Maryland Commission on Hate Crimes Response and Prevention or the Attorney General.”
“We understand that there are many points of view on current events in the Middle East. “The commission will do its best to examine the impact of these events on our community and determine how best to address the escalation of hate and bias incidents across the state,” she said, explaining that the commission “policies and will develop protocols that regulate this “work” and how its members engage on the issues.
“As we urge others to do, the Commission will find ways in which we can promote productive and compassionate dialogue among ourselves, leading to mutual understanding.” We, like the rest of the world, must first talk to each other and, above all, listen to each other as we work towards the goals of peace and tolerance,” she added.
When reached for comment, Chaudry told Fox News Digital that the “Nazi post” was originally shared “by a close Jewish friend” before accusing the Israeli government of wanting to commit genocide against Palestinians.
“The Israeli prime minister has compared the bombing of Gaza to an ancient biblical story about the total genocide of a city. [and] While Israel declared that there were no innocent civilians in Gaza, the Israeli defense minister justified the starving Palestinian civilians by calling them “human animals.” The Israeli military spokesman said the aim of their bombing campaign was destruction rather than precision. “Several Israeli ministers have called for the ethnic cleansing of the Gaza Strip, with one even calling the ongoing war a ‘Nakba 2023,'” she said.
“I strongly and unapologetically condemn the far-right, racist government of Benjamin Netanyahu for repeatedly making such genocidal threats against the Palestinian people and killing over 13,000 Palestinians in Gaza, most of them women and children, in their homes “Unlike many of the Israeli government’s most extreme supporters, I recognize that killing civilians is wrong, which is why my office has repeatedly condemned the killing of both Israeli and Palestinian civilians,” she said.
“There is no conflict between condemning the Israeli government’s genocidal war crimes abroad and opposing all forms of hatred here at home, including anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and anti-Palestinian racism. False smears from anti-Palestinian and anti-Muslim extremists will not stop me from advocating for justice here and abroad,” she added.
Fox News Digital has reached out to CAIR for comment.