New York Gov. Kathy Hochul took several pictures with a Democratic donor who has a history of sharing anti-Semitic content online, including propagating the conspiracy theory that 6 million Jews were not killed in the Holocaust.
Hochul, the Democratic governor running for election in the Empire State, attended a Harvard Club fundraiser in New York City last month where she stopped to take a few photos with Maher Abdelqader.
Abdelqader is the vice president at AI Engineers in New York and is also an activist who has propagated anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, such as sharing a video claiming that Jews are “satanic” and controlling the media and questions whether 6 million Jews died in the Holocaust.
“A great fundraiser by a small group of entrepreneurs and business leaders at the prestigious Harvard Club of NYC for NYS Governor Kathleen Hochul,” Abdel Qader wrote in his tweet. “Governor Hochul is an American politician serving as the 57th Governor.”
The tweet has since been deleted after Fox News Digital reached out to the governor’s campaign.
Will Reinert, spokesperson for the Republican Governors Association, told Fox News Digital, “Kathy Hochul unabashedly rubbed shoulders with a widely publicized radical anti-Semite — begging the question — who else in the Governor’s inner circle have anti-Semitic ties?”
“With friends like these, it’s no wonder recent polling shows Hochul on the ropes and Zeldin surging towards victory,” Reinert said.
Jen Goodman, Hochul’s campaign spokesperson, told Fox News Digital, “Governor Hochul strongly condemns antisemitism in any form and has taken decisive action to hold perpetrators accountable and fight back against hate crimes.”
“Antisemitism and anti-Israel rhetoric are both abhorrent and unacceptable, and the governor will continue her tireless efforts to protect the Jewish community from these attacks,” Goodman said.
Goodman also pointed to Hochul’s record combating anti-Semitism, such as her Holocaust education bill, putting pressure on Unilever to end its BDS sales plan in Israel and the West Bank, and proclamation highlighting the importance of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s Working Definition of Antisemitism.
Hochul, who replaced disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo after his resignation, is in a political battle with Republican challenger Lee Zeldin, who is closing the gap between the two and is receiving bipartisan support.