(Tiffany Gabbay) Samira Ibrahim, the Egyptian activist who was deferred from receiving the U.S. State Department’s “Women of Courage Award,” has now been refused the honor outright after it was discovered that she had been disseminating a steady stream of anti-U.S. and anti-Semitic content on her Twitter account.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland made the announcement during a press conference Friday afternoon. While video of those remarks has yet to be published, Fox News played them on Friday.
Ibrahim’s past tweets included celebratory comments relating to the death of Israeli tourists in a recent suicide bombing in Bulgaria and also praise for the bloodshed that ensued at the U.S. embassy in Cairo on the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. She tweeted that each 9/11 anniversary should be marked by “America burning.”
On March 6, Ibrahim attempted to diffuse potential backlash over her controversial comments by claiming that her Twitter account had been “stolen” (despite the fact that her vitriolic tweets spanned over the course of several years), but she sang a different tune Thursday, tweeting that she “refused to apologize” for her anti-Semitic remarks.
“I refused to apologize to the Zionist lobby in America on the previous statements hostile to Zionism under pressure from the American government, so the prize was withdrawn,” she posted.