A radical member of a Democrat-led task force aimed at supposedly tackling “hate crimes” has been exposed for posting several anti-Semitic posts.
Zainab Chaudry is a member of the Maryland Commission on Hate Crime Response and Prevention.
She was nominated to serve on the task force by Democrat Maryland Attorney General Anthony Brown in August.
Chaudry, an anti-Israel activist, also serves as the director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Maryland office.
However, despite being tasked with supposedly tackling “hate,” Chaudry has been found to be spreading anti-Semitism on social media.
Chaudry’s anti-Semitic posts include claims that the dozens of babies who were brutally murdered in the October 7 Hamas terror attack were “fake.”
The “anti-hate crime” activist also compares the nation of Israel to Nazi Germany.
Chaudry made the posts in the weeks following Hamas’ attack.
She appeared to make them in response to the assault on the Jewish state that saw more than 1,200 people killed, including children and babies, as well as numerous rapes, kidnappings, and destruction of property.
“I will never be able to understand how the world summoned up rage for 40 fake Israeli babies while completely turning a blind eye to 3,000 real Palestinian babies,” Chaudry wrote in a Facebook post dated October 26.
This was after Israel’s government published graphic images of the murdered infants on October 12 following pressure to back up the reports with evidence.
“[T]hat moment when you become what you hated most,” Chaudry wrote in an Oct. 17 post.
The comment was posted alongside two photos of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, one showing it lit up with the Israeli flag in solidarity with Israel following the attack, and another from a ceremony in 1936 when it was decorated with the flag of Nazi Germany during the Olympics that year.
In another post from Nov. 6, Chaudry appeared to suggest the mere existence of Israel as a nation was the cause of the ongoing war.
She wrote that it was an “inconvenient fact.”
She included an image of the words “it all started in 1948,” the year Israel was founded as a nation.
Others from the weeks following the attack showed Chaudry sharing a quote celebrating “martyred Palestinians.”
She also shared a post citing what appeared to be an Islamic prophesy that said “Garrisons who defend the lands of Islam will be in Ashkelon,” an Israeli city north of the Gaza Strip.
Despite the posts, Chaudry has maintained her place on the Maryland Commission on Hate Crime Response and Prevention.
The task force’s claimed goal, according to Brown’s office, is to address “hate crime” incidents across Maryland.
Brown’s office claims the task force seeks to “communicate and promote understanding of diverse perspectives in a positive and meaningful way.”
Brown’s spokesperson issued a statement over Chaudry’s posts, arguing that “the views and opinions of any individual Commission member do not reflect those of either the Maryland Commission on Hate Crime Response and Prevention or the Attorney General.
“We understand that there are many viewpoints regarding current events in the Middle East.
“The Commission will do its best to explore the impact of those events on our community, and to determine how best to address escalations in hate and bias incidents across the state,” she said, explaining that the Commission would “develop policies and protocols governing its work” and how its members engage on the issues.
“Just as we urge others to do, the Commission will identify ways in which we can foster productive and empathetic dialogue amongst ourselves that leads to mutual understanding,” she added.
“We, like the rest of the world, must first talk to one another and, most importantly, listen to one another as we work toward the goals of peace and tolerance.”
In defense of her post, Chaudry claimed that the “Nazi post” was originally shared “by a close Jewish friend.”
In a statement, she continued by accusing the Israeli government of wanting to commit genocide against Palestinians, saying:
“The Israeli prime minister has analogized the bombing of Gaza to an ancient biblical story about the total genocide of a city, [and] declared that there are no innocent civilians in Gaza, the Israel defense minister has justified starving Palestinian civilians by calling them ‘human animals,’ the Israeli military spokesman has said that the aim of their bombing campaign is destruction rather than accuracy.
“Multiple Israeli ministers have called for the ethnic cleansing of Gaza, with one even calling the ongoing war a ‘Nakba 2023,'” she said.
“I strongly and unapologetically condemn Benjamin Netanyahu’s far-right, racist government for repeatedly making such genocidal threats towards the Palestinian people and killing over 13,000 Palestinians in Gaza, most of them women and children murdered in their homes.
“Unlike many of the Israeli government’s most extreme supporters, I recognize that killing any 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 overseas and standing up against all forms of hate here at home, including antisemitism, Islamophobia, and anti-Palestinian racism.
“False smears from anti-Palestinian and anti-Muslim extremists will not stop me from standing up for justice here and abroad.”