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Thursday, March 07, 2013

Obama and Kerry to honor celebrator of Burgas terror attack

On Friday, at the State Department, US Secretary of State John FN Kerry and First Lady Marie Antoinette Obama are going to honor ten women who "have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment, often at great personal risk" with the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award. Unsurprisingly, five of the women come from Muslim countries. But one of them, Egyptian Samira Ibrahim, tweeted that it was a 'sweet day' when five Israelis were murdered by a suicide bomber in Burgas, Bulgaria this past summer. And that's just the tip of the iceberg (Hat Tip: Anne Bayefsky via Twitter).
Samira Ibrahim, as the State Department’s profile describes her, “was among seven women subjected by the Egyptian military to forced virginity tests in March 2011.” The press release further notes that Samira “was arrested while in high school for writing a paper that criticized Arab leaders’ insincere support to the Palestinian cause.” Apparently, the State Department is unaware of her other convictions.
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.
Just today, apparently after having warned that her vicious tweets might cause her trouble during her visit to the U.S., she has written on twitter: “My account has been previously stolen and any tweet on racism and hatred is not me.” However, in the past she never made any mention of her account being “stolen.” The record of her anti-Semitic tweets is still available online.
Any of you who have contacts in the House or Senate should consider forwarding this post. This is imply outrageous. 

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At 10:08 PM, Blogger David said...

It looks like her profile may have been removed from the State Dept website you linked.

At 2:10 AM, Blogger Michael Weiss said...

Ibrahim claims that her Twitter account was hacked and denies authorship of the quotes that are attributed to her. The State Dept. has postponed issuing the award to her pending an investigation. More info at http://www.snopes.com/politics/kerry/ibrahim.asp.


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