- The Washington Times - Monday, May 23, 2016

The Muslim woman who shot to social media fame last week after taking a selfie in front of a group of anti-Islam protesters in Belgium is now facing backlash for anti-Semitic comments she’s made on social media.

Zakia Belkhiri, 22, was celebrated by news outlets around the world after she puckered up and threw a peace sign while taking a selfie in front of demonstrators from the far-right Vlaams Belang group.

“This wasn’t a protest at all, this was just to share joy and peace,” she told BBC at the time, adding that she wanted “to show that things can be different. And that we can live together, not next to each other but with each other.”

Ms. Belkhiri’s newfound fame caused many people to look into her past, and a series of offensive, anti-Semitic statements have come to light. 

In one tweet dating from November 2012, she wrote: “Hitler didn’t kill all the Jews, he left some. So we know why he was killing them,” BBC reported.

And in another Facebook post from March 2014, she reportedly used an expletive to describe Jews before adding: “I hate them so much.”

On Saturday, Ms. Belkhiri appeared to defend her remarks on Twitter.

“My opinion many years ago was meant on the zionist back then, that spread hate instead of love so to all the other jews peace be upon you!” she wrote, BBC reported.

She later tweeted a lengthy statement apologizing “to everyone in the Jewish community which I’ve hurt with my comments of several years ago.”

“I am not an anti-Semite. Even if it seems so because I haven’t thought of deleting my angry comments from when I was younger and ignorant.”

Ms. Belkhiri has since shut down all of her social media accounts, BBC reported.

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