But wait! She just meant Zionists.
It was the selfie heard round the world.
Zakia Belkhari, a young Belgian Muslim woman of Morrocan descent, took a series of selfies in front of a group of anti-immigration protesters last week.
The images went viral on social media and across the progressive media. Vox.com termee it a “brilliant” symbol of peace and defiance in the face of “Islamophobia” and “hate.”
Well, the story doesn’t have a happy ending.
Turns out some internet sleuths dug into her social media history, and found some very ugly stuff — like lamenting that Hitler didn’t finish off the Jews:
On Facebook she posted how much she hates the Jews:
When they tried to share the news, they were blocked by Facebook, reportedly:
Breitbart London helped get the controversy noticed.
A proud young Muslim woman, standing in front of a group of anti-Islamic protestors, smiling cheekily into the lens of her camera as she takes a selfie. It was a powerful image. The story of the woman has since been posted in The Huffington Post, Vox, and Vice, as well as a number of other left-leaning media outlets in the past two days.
. . . . It didn’t take long though before other elements of Belkhiri’s identity started to surface.
This is notwithstanding that according to this article by the BBC, Belkhiri said in an interview that she took the photos in order to show “that we can live together, not next to each other but with each other”. Perhaps the caveat of us being able to live together is that this clause is nullified if you happen to be Jewish.
Belkhiri has since gone on a deleting spree and has attempted to get rid of many of her old antisemitic and racist tweets, most of which are now only available on archive, but not before some savvy redditors wised up to what she was doing and captured the messages. In some ways, though, it is too late; the original story, with a compartmentalized narrative of an innocent Muslim woman heroically standing up to ‘hate’ and taking selfies for the cause of peace and love has already spread across the world.
The narrative is unraveling, however, as Belkhiri has alternated between denying these disgusting tweets and trying to explain them. When she said Jews, she mean’t Zionists (isn’t that what all the Jew haters now say?).
The tweets to which this person refers appear to have been deleted in favor of a new explanation for her prior statements.
So now even the BBC, one of the most aggressive promoters of the tweet, has had to acknowledge her seedy background.
So young woman who "heroically" opposed anti-Islam rally is herself a neo-Nazi bigot scumbag. https://t.co/om2F3NuzQ2
— Alex Ryvchin (@AlexRyvchin) May 22, 2016
When will Vox, HuffPo and all the rest acknowledge that their hero was just another Jew hater? And when will they examine what that means.
She’s now deleted her Twitter account.
But too late.
[Fuzzi Slippers contributed to the drafting of this post.]
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