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Kochava Shriki, killed in Bulgaria bombing by Hezbollah terrorists
Kochava Shriki, killed in Bulgaria bombing by Hezbollah terrorists

And the state department had at least some inkling of the less than pure soul of Ms. Ibrahim. The U.S. State Department was aware of her stance against Israel and, in fact, it is one of the reasons given on its website for her being a recipient of this year’s award.  In its short statement describing why she deserves the award, one reason given is that she was arrested in high school for criticizing Arab leaders’ “insincere support of the Palestinian cause.”  No doubt that criticism was directed at least in part to Egyptian President Mubarak for honoring the peace agreement with Israel.

So, yes, it is very brave and it was an important fight to lead against the “virginity tests” imposed on Egyptian women who dared to protest political oppression.  But there is something very wrong in calling such a person a “human rights” activist when her bravery is only activated by dangers to herself and those like her, but who praises the cruel torture and death inflicted on other innocent human beings simply because they are different than her.

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Ibrahim has already begun a public relations tour throughout the U.S.  She was in Pittsburgh earlier this week, as she and several of the award co-recipients were lauded.  They are now in Washington, D.C., meeting with officials in the White House and the State Department, as well as members of congress.  And after the award ceremony on Friday in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the State Department, several of the recipients will be traveling around the U.S. as part of the State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Program.

Other winners of the award this year include a Tibetan poet, an Afghani narcotics officer, an activist working for police and judicial reform in Honduras, a Russian journalist and human rights activist, a Somali who works to rehabilitate child soldiers and sexual violence victims, a Syrian human rights lawyer and source of information about killings and torture by the Syrian regime, and a Vietnamese former communist who blogs against the Communist Party of Viet Nam.  All amazing women, none besides Ibrahim who openly praise deaths of Jews or Americans, or who quotes Hitler for having the foresight to see the hands of Jews in all things bad.

In fact, such a person would accurately be described as a hater, a hypocrite and a disgrace.  Let’s see if Charlize Theron can do what she wrote Ibrahim had done.

Theron should be “a strong person to stand up for what is right in the face of ostracism and public scrutiny.”  Because, perhaps, if “just one woman” were to “speak out,” then “thousands of others around the world will listen and feel inspired to act.” But if that’s too much to ask of an actress, surely it isn’t too much to ask of First Lady Michelle Obama, or Secretary of State John Kerry.

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According to Hannah Allam, foreign policy reporter for McClatchey Newspapers, the State Department is saying the award will not be given to Ibrahim, “State Dept: We’re going to defer presenting women of courage award to Egyptian Samira Ibrahim, will review her alleged anti-Semitic remarks.”  The State Department spokespeople have not yet responded to repeated requests for comment.

UPDATE: At its regular press briefing today, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland had the following to say regarding Samira Ibrahim:

We as a Department became aware very late in the process about Samira Ibrahim’s alleged public comments. 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. I would say that 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.

I would also like at this point to note that as we do that, we initially selected Ms. Ibrahim because of the incredible bravery and courage she displayed at the time of the Tahrir Square protests. As you may recall, she was detained, she was subject to real police violence. Not only did she speak out about that, but she also became a real leader in her country in trying to address gender-based violence and other human rights abuses. So it was on that basis that she was initially selected, but obviously, these comments need to be looked into and we need some time.

 

 

This, from the Weekly Standard:

Finally, Ibrahim herself has spoken, writing in Arabic on her Twitter page. Egyptian democracy activist Mina Rezkalla provides the translation: “I refuse to apologize to the Zionist lobby in America regarding my previous anti-Zionist statements under pressure from American government therefore they withdrew the award.”

 

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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the JewishPress.com. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com

29 COMMENTS

  1. Simply shows the mindset of the obama administration, their Jew hatred, hatred of all things American, and their misogyny – attacking women who would dare defend themselves against rapists yet glorifying a jihadist that calls for genocide.

  2. More good work, Lori Lowenthal Marcus. I'd just finished reading an email about the fact that this woman WAS receiving the award. I'm grateful for the breaking news update. I'm also intrigued by what appears to be the motivation for deferring the award for new — the need to investigate the woman's antisemitic statements. Apparently it actually can make a difference if people speak out against anti-semitism instead of just hiding under the bed.

  3. What bothers me was this woman was not "vetted" by the State Department or even the CIA.Why did this episode get this far? Was the Obama Administration thinking that people wouldn't notice their stupidity? The Obama Administration needs to do their homework first before they embarrass themselves.

  4. Edward Lobel I was referring to Cody Flecker's comment. This insult of yours is totally unwarranted. What kind of fakakte Jew are you anyway? I have a few more choice expletives up my sleeve that would fit the ersatz Jew that you no doubt are…!

  5. Edward Lobel Edward is the typical cult follower of the church of the holy democrat – the "living g-d" obama presiding. They have no ability to debate when faced with inconvenient FACTS so they stage personal attacks. It's ALL they know. Eddie gets pissed when he believes his EBT card ability at the local strip club is threatened.

  6. Edward Lobel Edward is the typical cult follower of the church of the holy democrat – the "living g-d" obama presiding. They have no ability to debate when faced with inconvenient FACTS so they stage personal attacks. It's ALL they know. Eddie gets pissed when he believes his EBT card ability at the local strip club is threatened.

  7. Rubin Katz You are obviously NOT familiar with eddy. To speak ill of obama, even when providing facts, is blasphemy to eddie and like the typical member of the cult of the holy democrat he only knows how to stage personal attacks. It's all they have. Typical Jew hater

  8. I didn't think you knew him – I have had to block some of them – my cousin (a survivor) once said to me do not dignify a debate with a Holocaust denier and as Jew Haters are usually both I don't.

  9. Please, In the Name of Yeshua, do not believe ONE word that Obama says, as he is a liar as his father and everything he promises, he renigs on. Don't believe the US media either as Obama has bought them, lock, stock and barrel and has them in his back pocket. He wants to destroy all of us that are christians and jews in america, but we have a God that is of great power and GLORY and he will lose in the end and Edward Lobel, sounds like because of one incident for show, you have been sucked into it already or are you a plant? I mean a WEED, a TARE????? Maybe if you start looking vertical instead of horizonal, you will get some real Wisdom

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