In 2014, Hijazi, 36, was arrested in Egypt and accused of child trafficking alongside her husband Mohamed Hassanien, also a US citizen, and other members of her charitable organization Belady.
The group were found innocent of all charges and returned to the US two days after being acquitted. Upon her return, Hijazi was a guest of Trump’s at the White House where the then-president bragged repeatedly to her that he succeeded in getting her out of Egypt, where his predecessor President Barack Obama had failed.
‘I don’t condemn HAMAS and never will. I don’t condemn Palestinians who exhausted every peaceful way on earth to end their occupation and save their lives, Hijazi wrote on X on November 7.
‘I condemn anyone who asks the world to condemn HAMAS,’ Hjiazi wrote on her now-deleted X page.
Aya Hijazi, 36, pictured with ex-President Donald Trump following her release from custody in Egypt in 2017
Hijazi and her husband Mohamed Hassanein, pictured shortly after they were acquitted of human trafficking charges in Egypt
A Washington Post headline celebrating her return to the US
‘You are morally abhorrent with reverse standards. One for the Whites and ones for everyone else. And your standards of occupation, land theft, besiegement and mass murder don’t apply to me,’ she went on, according to Fox News.
Despite endorsing Biden in 2020, Hijazi has since turned her back on him too following Hamas’ barbaric assault on Israel on October 7. Initially in the 2020 cycle, Hijazi threw her support behind socialist candidate Bernie Sanders.
The Virginia-native called the aging Democrat ‘Genocide Joe’ and stated that she would never vote for him in the future thanks to his support for Israel’s retaliation against Hamas.
Speaking to Fox News, Hussain Abdul-Hussain, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, slammed Hijazi’s lack of gratitude to the US following her freedom.
‘There is no amount of ingratitude in the world that can beat Hijazi’s ungratefulness to her country that came to her rescue. Hijazi’s venom in her X posts is not directed against the U.S. only, but against the West at large, which she often depicts as the White Colonial Man,’ he said.
‘The irony is that, had the thought of this West – life, liberty and equality – not spread throughout the world, Hijazi would have been probably locked up at her father’s house, married shortly after puberty, then locked up again at her husband’s house, birthing a dozen children and running the household.’
Hussain also remarked that Hijazi was treated like royalty when she was greeted by Trump at the White House after she was released from Egypt.
The Republican frontrunner bragged to the media at the time: ‘Did you see Aya? I asked the government to let her out. You know Obama worked on it for three years, got zippo, zero.’
Mourners grieve for peace activist Vivian Silver, 74, who was killed during the October 7th Hamas attack during a memorial service on November 16
Mourners grieve for Liel Hetzroni , 12-years-old, and her aunt, Ila (Illios) Hetzroni who were killed at kibbutz Be’eri on October 7
Protestors hold up placards featuring the faces of some of those believed to be being held hostage in Gaza by Hamas
Donald Trump welcomed Hijazi back to the US with a bizarre video that included an American flag with just 39 stars on it
‘Had it not been for this Western thought, Hijazi would have likely been illiterate, her voice never heard outside her family quarters. It was her U.S. citizenship that made the leader of the free world throw America’s weight behind her freedom, and then receive her like royalty in the Oval Office,’ he went on.
Meanwhile the author of The Secret Apparatus: The Muslim Brotherhood’s Industry of Death, Cynthia Farahat, said that Hijazi is a known supporter of the brotherhood and that Hamas is the Palestinian wing of the movement.
‘This is why she will always be on their side even when they engage in horrific crimes against humanity like their barbaric terror attack against Israel,’ Farahat said.
At the time of her arrest, officials in Egypt said that Hijazi and her group were trying get children to join the Muslim Brotherhood.
Hijazi has been quoted as saying that she felt as though Trump’s efforts to free her in 2017 were more to do with his personality rather than her struggle.
In 2017, Hijazi was acquitted by a Cairo court on Sunday along with seven others who had worked with street children.
Hijazi, shown here in custody in Egypt with her husband, grew up in Falls Church, Virginia, and is a graduate of George Mason University
Allegations against her stemmed from Belady, a non-governmental organization she founded that promotes a better life for street children. Online records show that Belady has offices directly across the street from the White House.
Hijazi grew up in Falls Church, Virginia, and is a graduate of George Mason University.
After being freed, Hijazi was flown to Joint Base Andrews, the US military airfield on the outskirts of D.C., on a military plane accompanied by a top White House official.
She was subsequently greeted at the White House by Trump, Ivanka and Jared Kushner. Also in attendance was Hijazi’s brother, Basel.
Human rights organizations denounced Egyptian authorities for leveling what they say were ‘bogus’ charges against Hijazi and the other five defendants.
The Obama administration, which made it a policy not to host Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi at the White House, had failed to gain Egypt’s cooperation in freeing the group.
However, in his first few months in office, Trump warmly embraced el-Sisi at the White House.
‘It’s been a roller coaster of emotions the past couple of days,’ Basel Hijazi told the Post in an interview in 2017. ‘We’re crying with relief to have them out.’
‘We’re very grateful that President Trump personally engaged with the issue. Working closely with the Trump administration was very important for my family at this critical time. It let us be reunited as a family. We’re so grateful,’ Basel said.