According to a press release by the State Department, Secretary John Kerry and Michelle Obama were set to honor Samira Ibrahim today with an "International Women of Courage Award." However, Ibrahim's recent tweets on Twitter have caused the State Department to reevaluate the award and pull out from honoring her. Below are the tweets with captions translating them.
According to Sam Tadros, who reported that Obama and Kerry were planning to award Ibrahim, who the State Department says “was among seven women subjected by the Egyptian military to forced virginity tests in March 2011.” Ibrahim has been a women's rights activist in Egypt.
The Associated Press now reports,
Now the State Department says she won't be honored Friday because of anti-American and anti-Semitic comments on her Twitter account.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Thursday officials will first study the tweets, which include support for attacks against U.S. diplomatic installations and praise for a terrorist assault against Israeli citizens in Bulgaria.
Ibrahim is already in the U.S. She says her account was hacked, though the comments stretch back several months.
Ibrahim claims that her account was hacked. The above photos of the tweets were taken by screenshot before they were deleted.
The State Department has removed Ibrahim's profile from the 2013 International Women of Courage Award Winners list.
The Weekly Standard reports,
Ibrahim claimed yesterday that her Twitter page had been “stolen” and she was not responsible for the hateful comments. Today the State Department announced it was deferring her award pending further review.
Finally, Ibrahim herself has spoken, writing in Arabic on her Twitter page. Egyptian democracy activist Mina Rezkalla provides the translation: "I refuse to apologize to the Zionist lobby in America regarding my previous anti-Zionist statements under pressure from American government therefore they withdrew the award.”
This would seem to settle the question as to whether or not her page had been “stolen.” Now all that’s left is for the State Department to demand that Ibrahim reimburse American taxpayers for her trip to the United States.
Pamela Geller also writes, "Ibrahim frequently uses Twitter to air her anti-Semitic views. Last August 4, commenting on demonstrations in Saudi Arabia, she described the ruling Al Saud family as “dirtier than the Jews.” Seventeen days later she tweeted in reference to Adolf Hitler: “I have discovered with the passage of
days, that no act contrary to morality, no crime against society, takes place, except with the Jews having a hand in it. Hitler.”
"Ibrahim holds other repellent views as well," writes Geller. "As a mob was attacking the United States embassy in Cairo on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, pulling down the American flag and raising the flag of Al Qaeda, Ibrahim wrote on twitter: “Today is the anniversary of 9/11. May every year come with America burning. Possibly fearing the consequences of her tweet, she deleted it a couple of hours later, but not before a screen shot was saved by an Egyptian activist.”
Geller concludes, "The decision to honor Ibrahim reflects poorly on the State Department, which is either incapable of doing the minimum amount of research required to find out who she is, or does not care that the secretary of state and First Lady are about to honor an anti-Semite who longs for violence against Americans. It’s understandable that now with Islamists having come to the fore after all the hope that the Egyptian uprising inspired, American policymakers are looking for the good guys, real liberal activists that deserve U.S. support. Samira Ibrahim is not one of them."
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