According to the Weekly Standard the Obama administration has seen fit to honour an anti-Semitic al-Qaeda supporter with the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award. Michelle Obama is to be presenting the award. This is an inauspicious beginning to John Kerry’s stint in the role and a slap in the face to those facing terrorism everywhere.

One of the 10 recipients of the award is Samira Ibrahim, she “was among seven women subjected by the Egyptian military to forced virginity tests in March 2011.” She also tweeted her happiness at the news that a bomb had blown up a bus in Bulgaria carrying Israelis, who she calls Israeli soldiers:

Here is the same with help from Google translate:

The Weekly Standard points out numerous anti-Semitic statements on Ibrahim’s Twitter feed though she denies that she posted them saying that “My account has been previously stolen and any tweet on racism and hatred is not me.” I find this pretty disingenuous given that Samuel Tadros writing in the Weekly Standard has given numerous examples of hate speech written over a relatively long period of time. He has brought to light statements from Ibrahim such as;

“Today is the anniversary of 9/11. May every year come with America burning.”

As well as describing the ruling Al Saud family as “dirtier than the Jews” and quoting 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.”

 

UPDATE 1

My fellow TOI blogger Arieh Kovler has taken a deeper look at Ibrahim’s Twitter account behind the scenes and figures that she is probably lying (big surprise there).

I know that if someone had hacked my Twitter account and started tweeting racist comments I would have behaved rather differently to her. A rather ridiculous one liner when she’s on the cusp of receiving a medal from the same Americans that ‘someone’ using her Twitter account wanted to see burn is hardly convincing.  

Why on earth the US State Department, John Kerry or Michelle Obama would want to give a medal to an anti-Semitic, America hating lunatic is beyond me.

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Update 2

Ibrahim’s name has been removed from the list of recipients for the award, clearly the State Department has realised its error. Well done to the Weekly Standard for breaking this and well done to everyone who went to lengths to make sure that it was known just how big an error John Kerry and the US State Dept were about to make.