State Department 'postpones' award to anti-Semite and terrorism supporter
The Egyptian woman in line for a "Women of Courage Award" who was discovered to be a raving anti-Semite and supporter of international terrorism, will not recieve the commendation - at least, not now.
The Obama administration is postponing an award for an Egyptian activist who rallied worldwide attention against forced "virginity tests" on female protesters because of anti-American and anti-Semitic comments discovered on her Twitter account.
The State Department announced earlier this week that Samira Ibrahim would be among 10 recipients of the International Women of Courage award presented by Secretary of State John Kerry and first lady Michelle Obama on Friday.
But State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Thursday the U.S. would hold off on awarding Ibrahim while officials investigate the tweets, which include support for attacks against U.S. diplomatic installations and praise for a terrorist assault against Israeli citizens in Bulgaria.
Ibrahim, who has already arrived in the U.S, says her account was hacked, though the comments stretch back several months.
After five Israelis were killed in a bus explosion in July, she welcomed the "good news." In other posts, she declared Saudi Arabia's royal family "dirtier than Jews" and attributed all crimes against society to Jews and referenced Adolf Hitler. She also voiced support for the attacks against U.S. embassies and consulates on the Sept. 11 anniversary.
"We, as a department, became aware very late in the process about Samira Ibrahim's alleged public comments," Nuland told reporters. "In conversations with us in the last 24 hours, Ms. Ibrahim has categorically denied authorship. She asserts that she was hacked. But we need some time, and in order to be prudent, to conduct our own review.
The tweets were first reported by the conservative publication The Weekly Standard.
Sen. Mark Kirk, urged the State Department to investigate and said other women were more deserving of the honor.
In a letter to Kerry, the Illinois Republican said Ibrahim used her Twitter account to "express anti-Semitic views and support for international terrorism" and called her hacking claim "dubious" given the timing and duration of the tweets.
What is it about jihad supporters that they are incapable of telling the truth? First, the fact that she came so close to getting the award doesn't say much for those who are supposed to vet candidates to make sure they are deserving.
Second - and more troubling - perhaps they did vet her and decided that her anti-Israeli views and support for terrorism shouldn't disqualify her. It was only when those views became public that the State Department began to backtrack.
Then there's the question of why anyone would want to hack the twitter account of someone few people have ever heard of? That's why her claim of non authorship rings hollow.
The State Department whould let this matter quietly die if they know what's good for them.
H/T: Clarice Feldman