Daily Israel Report

U.S. Won't Present Award to Egyptian 9/11 Fan

State Department announces that an Egyptian activist won't receive an award until her anti-Semitic tweets are reviewed.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 3/8/2013, 3:16 AM

Egyptian women protest sexual assault at demonstrations against Pres. Morsi
Egyptian women protest sexual assault at demonstrations against Pres. Morsi
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The State Department announced on Thursday that the Obama administration will not present an Egyptian political activist with an award until reviewing anti-Semitic and anti-American tweets she had made.

The Egyptian, Samira Ibrahim, was set to receive an International Women of Courage Award from first lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Breitbart journalist Samuel Tadros had dug up and reported on some of Ibrahim’s tweets, including a tweet on the Saudi royals which called them “dirtier than the Jews.”

She also expressed her love for Hitler, saying, “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.”

A tweet about last July’s suicide bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria, which killed five Israelis, was equally venomous, saying, “Today is a very sweet day with a lot of very sweet news.”

The Washington Times reported that on Thursday afternoon, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that the department is pulling back from presenting the award.

“We as a department became aware very late in the process about Samira Ibrahim’s alleged public comments,” Nuland was quoted as having said. “After careful consideration, we’ve decided that we should defer presenting this award to Ms. Ibrahim this year so that we have a chance to look further into these statements.”

She added that Ibrahim “has categorically denied” to the State Department that she wrote the unsavory messages and claimed that “she was hacked” by someone else who made the remarks on her behalf.

“But we need some time and, in order to be prudent, to conduct our own review,” Nuland said.