[Update] State Department rescinds decision to give this award to Samira Ibrahim due to her controversial statements shown below.
Question: Should have they done their homework before announcing hername? Weekly Standard found them, reported them, and our own State Department couldn't? [End Update]
Original Post Below:
The Weekly Standard : "On Friday March 8, Michelle Obama will join John Kerry at a special ceremony at the State Department to present ten women the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award. The award, says the press release, is given to “women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment, often at great personal risk."
One of those women is Samira Ibrahim and quotes directly attributed to her show her to be not only an anti-Semite but also one who hates America and tweeted publicly, "Today is the anniversary of 9/11. May every year come with America burning."
On Twitter, Ibrahim is quite blunt regarding her views. On July 18 of last year, after five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver were killed a suicide bombing attack, Ibrahim jubilantly tweeted: “An explosion on a bus carrying Israelis in Burgas airport in Bulgaria on the Black Sea. Today is a very sweet day with a lot of very sweet news.”
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. 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.
Of course, now that her tweets have become public and she is being highlighted as an example, she is claiming, for the first time ever that her "account has been previously stolen and any tweet on racism and hatred is not me."
Anyone buying that?