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March 07, 2013

Updated: State Department Puts Award for Egyptian Activist on Hold

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Update: Apparently much of the mainstream media did not consider this news. A search of Nexis and Google did not come up with any mention of the story on the BBC, NBC, NPR, PBS, The Los Angeles Times or the Wall Street Journal. CBS, CNN, ABC, The Washington Post, Washington Times did cover it. The New York Times covered it in its blog. It did not warrant a news article.

As for Samira Ibrahim - after first claiming her twitter account had been hacked, she decided to take a different approach. Many sources quote her as stating :

I refused to apologize to the Zionist lobby in America, under pressure from the U.S. government, for previous Anti-Zionist statements so that prize was withdrawn.

The State Department put on hold an award it intended to give to an Egyptian political activist after anti-Semitic comments she had tweeted were publicized.

Samira Ibrahim originally was selected to receive one of the International Women of Courage Awards on Friday when First lady Michelle Obama joins Secretary of State John F. Kerry in presenting the prizes at the State Department.

The Weekly Standard broke the story on March 6 that Ms. Ibrahim had tweeted,

An explosion on a bus carrying Israelis in Burgas airport in Bulgaria on the Black Sea. Today is such a lovely day with a lot of lovely news," referring to a suicide bomb attack that killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver.

Earlier in the same month, Ibrahim quoted Adolf Hitler as saying

I have discovered by the passage of time that the Jews have hands in any act against morality and any crime against society.

She also called the Saudis "dirtier than the Jews."

Ibrahim has not just limited her discourse to Jews but to America as well. The Standard reports that

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.

Ibrahim was slated to receive a Women of Courage Award on grounds that she had survived horrific abuses in Egypt, including being sexually assaulted by the Egyptian military. She recently was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of 2012.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland stated, “We as a department became aware very late in the process about Samira Ibrahim’s alleged public comments.”

Ibrahim denied that she sent those messages, claiming her account had been hacked. Nuland said the State Department is investigating.

The story is all over the blogosphere and has been covered by mainstream news sources like the Washington Post, Washington Times, ABC and Fox News. An AP piece by Bradley Klapper, which is less detailed than the Weekly Standard piece, has been published widely. As of the time of this posting, it has not yet been reported by The New York Times, NBC, CBS, NPR, PBS or CNN. We will update.

Posted by SS at March 7, 2013 03:42 PM

Comments

Samira Ibrahim was being honored by the same State Dept that recently published the study on school books used in Israel and the PA, making a moral equivalence between the two regarding incitement to violence, etc?

Why am I NOT surprised?!? Of course, the rescinding of making this award will be blamed on Israel and the "Jewish Lobby" -- we control everything, obviously :-O

Posted by: Ben N at March 7, 2013 05:02 PM

Why didn't anyone let me know that I 'controlled the world' until now? My life could have been so much better....

Posted by: Paul at March 14, 2013 07:46 PM

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