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Human Rts Orgs Nominate Anti-Israel Pro-Terror Woman for HR Prize

Will Mona Seif become, like Samira Ibrahim, one whose social media activity rocketed her to a spot in the global limelight, but then caused her ignominious downfall as well?
Mona Seif, nominated for Human Rights Award despite supporting and promoting terror against Israel.

Mona Seif, nominated for Human Rights Award despite supporting and promoting terror against Israel.

Egyptian Mona Seif has been nominated for what is known as the “Nobel Prize for Human Rights,” the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.  The nominee was chosen by a panel of human rights organizations which include Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Human Rights First and the International Service for Human Rights.

Seif was nominated in her capacity as one of the main founders of an Egyptian grassroots organization, “No to Military Trials for Civilians,” which started a national movement bringing together lawyers, activists, the families of victims and other interested parties all of whom oppose what they insist are the inappropriate restrictions of Egyptian military trials for civilians who should not be encumbered with such restrictions.

Seif, along with others who sought to resist the freedom restrictions imposed by Egyptian president Mubarak, used social media to broadcast the oppressive moves of the Egyptian government, and helped mobilize protesters and supporters to join her in Tahrir Square during the Egyptian Revolution in January 2010 – February 2011.  In the post-Mubarak Egyptian world Seif has continued monitoring and broadcasting actions of the post-Revolutionary Egyptian government.

But the 27 year old biology graduate student has a darker side.  Although fully able and energized to advocate for Egyptian rights and freedoms, at the same time Seif gleefully tweets about blowing up gas pipelines to Israel.

This dualism is one that we have seen repeated with young Egyptian human and civil rights advocates.  Several times over the past year the West has at first applauded, and sought to laud, young Egyptian women activists whose pursuits came to the attention of the West because of their social media skills.  But each time, a darker side has been revealed, one that, once exposed, brought disgrace not only to the activist.  It also reflected poorly on those whose due diligence failures revealed an over-eagerness to reward non-Western activists.  The problem is that the activism of these particular individuals was animated solely by a desire to benefit those similarly situated, but who were just as willing as their own oppressors to vilify and deny rights to others.

A good example of this propensity was when First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry almost gave the “Secretary of State Woman of Courage Award” to an Egyptian woman, Samira Ibrahim, in early March.  Ibrahim, like Seif, was a Twitter activist in support of Egyptian rights, but Ibrahim also supported terrorism and the murder of Americans and Israelis.

However, just hours before Obama and Kerry were to present Ibrahim with the Award, the decision was cancelled (postponed they said at the time) after a relentless chorus of horror rose up to stop them.  It was social media that almost swept in Ibrahim as an honored activist by American leadership.  However, a wave of disgust towards Ibrahim who had tweeted praise for the murders of Americans in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, extolled the terrorist bombing that killed 5 Israelis and a Bulgarian last summer, and praised Hitler, swept her back out just before the awards ceremony.

Turning back to Seif, a look at her social media accounts before selecting her as a potential recipient of such an important human rights award should have been standard procedure.  After all, she was well known and was brought to the attention of the human rights organizations precisely because of her extensive and sophisticated social media activity.  Perhaps after this fiasco social media searches will become de rigueur for all sophisticated due diligence efforts.

Because Seif’s Twitter account reveals a propensity to express the most vulgar kind of hatred towards Israel, both in terms of how she expresses herself: #F[expletive deleted]Israel is a popular choice, as well as the substance of her messages, which advocate terrorism against the Jewish State and which harshly criticize Human Rights organizations which dare to suggest the terrorist group Hamas should refrain from killing Israeli civilians.

 

Tweets of Mona Seif encouraging blowing up gas pipeline between Egypt and Israel, and using vulgar and violent hashtag.

Tweets of Mona Seif encouraging blowing up gas pipeline between Egypt and Israel, and using vulgar and violent hashtag.

In addition, Seif is sloppy with her facts and fails to remove slanderous falsehoods even after they’ve been definitively exposed.  An example of this is when she sent a picture on Twitter of a man mourning the murder of his small child, which she blamed on Israel.

The man in the photo is a BBC journalist whose name is Jihad Misharawi.  His baby son, Omar, was killed by rocket fire during the November conflict between Israel and Hamas.  Initial reports blamed Israel for the baby’s death, but almost immediately questions were raised about this assignment of blame because of the timing, the logistics and other pictures of where the baby was killed.  By early March it was conclusively determined that Omar Misharawi’s death was caused by a Hamas – not an Israeli – rocket.  But inconvenient facts don’t seem to bother Seif, who also got the baby’s name wrong, using the father’s first name and the baby’s first name instead of the last name. This is the picture she attached to her Nov. 15 Tweet:

Mona Seif's vicious tweet blaming Israel for death of Omar Misharawi's baby, when it was a Hamas rocket that killed Misharawi's infant son.

Mona Seif’s vicious tweet blaming Israel for death of Jihad Misharawi’s baby, when it was a Hamas rocket that killed Misharawi’s infant son.

 

Although this tweet was no longer on Seif’s Twitter feed as of late Tuesday evening, April 30, it was still there earlier in the day and was captured in this exposé of Seif’s anti-Israel, pro-terrorism activity.

UN Watch, an NGO which monitors activity by the United Nations and NGOs that participate in UN activity and promotes human rights, shared a letter it sent to Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, bringing Seif’s pro-terrorism and violence Twitter activity to his attention, and asking that HRW “immediately cancel Ms. Seif’s nomination, on grounds of her public advocacy of violence against civilians, terrorism and war crimes, which is in complete violation of the Award criteria of ‘promotion and protection of human rights.'”

It will be worth watching to see whether Seif is removed as a contender for the “Nobel Human Rights Prize,” or whether this award shall become a travesty like when Yassir Arafat was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com


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15 Responses to “Human Rts Orgs Nominate Anti-Israel Pro-Terror Woman for HR Prize”

  1. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    America Unite BOSTON BOMBING.

  2. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    As soon as I saw the list of who makes the selection, it became obvious why!

    AI and HRW are wholly owned and controlled by George Soros Inc, a kapo who OPENLY admitted that the time he spent helping the nazzis murder Jews the "happiest time" of his life. So why the surprise here?

  3. these are ALL funded by islam. the first obama campaign was funded by islam. nobody dared follow the money. he made a deal with the devil and the inner-earth muslims are sealing the pact.

  4. these are ALL funded by islam. the first obama campaign was funded by islam. nobody dared follow the money. he made a deal with the devil and the inner-earth muslims are sealing the pact.

  5. Subject: JEWISH BLOOD SHOULD NOT BE CHEAP. WAKE UP JEWS AND POLITICIANS.

    NEVER FORET, NEVER FORGIVE. REMIND THE RABBIS AND JEWISH LEADERS AS WELL AS OUR POLITICIANS. Jewish blood should not be cheap. NOT ON MY WATCH. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    Video: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=8995

    'My son was killed just for being Jewish'.

    Thousands attend funeral of Yitzhar resident Evyatar Borovsky, who was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist at Tapuach Junction • Settlers demand government take action, say "writing was on the wall in blood" • Fatah's Facebook page glorifies terrorist.

    He was stabbed multiple times in the chest.

    "Evyatar was a righteous, God-fearing man, who loved life. He loved making people laugh and he was extremely funny. He studied to be a medical clown and saw it as his vocation, to make patients smile and laugh. He didn’t care if they were Jewish or Arab."

  6. Would these Human Rights organisations nominate this woman if she promoted violence against a European country? I think not, this action shows their true colours.

  7. Would these Human Rights organisations nominate this woman if she promoted violence against a European country? I think not, this action shows their true colours.

  8. Would these Human Rights organisations nominate this woman if she promoted violence against a European country? I think not, this action shows their true colours.

  9. Would these Human Rights organisations nominate this woman if she promoted violence against a European country? I think not, this action shows their true colours.

  10. Would these Human Rights organisations nominate this woman if she promoted violence against a European country? I think not, this action shows their true colours.

  11. Alice Lemos says:

    Another stupid Islamist!

  12. Roger Hitts says:

    Most of them I know are pretty smart – they were educated at American universities!

  13. Alice Lemos says:

    "Educated at western universities" – proves my point. Stupid and hard core America haters as well as anti-Semites. Look who teaches in universities!

  14. Alice Lemos says:

    The Kmer rouge were also western educated: brutal dictators. So is the current "leader" of North Korea. Another jerk.

  15. Alice Lemos says:

    Roger Hitts Which proves how dumb they are!

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