There are two reliable things you can count on about the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award.
1. The awardees will mostly be Muslim women… because no other women anywhere else are courageous.
2. Some of the courageous awardees will support terrorism.
On Friday March 8, Michelle Obama will join John Kerry at a special ceremony at the State Department to present ten women the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award.
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.”
It’s telling that the State Department considers the latter to be a reason for handing out an award.
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.”
So State, Kerry and Michelle Obama will be honoring a woman who celebrates when Jews are killed.
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.”
Well she quotes Hitler in support of genocide. Clearly this deserves a State Department award.
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.
In other news, Michelle Obama has never been prouder of her country than this moment.
UPDATE: In response to stories about the case, the State Department has postponed Samira’s award. State is claiming to believe Samira’s claim that her Twitter account was hacked, despite the fact that this hack appeared to be rather selective and the tweets were not removed, until they became an award issue. Furthermore Samira’s blog makes her feelings about America and Israel rather clear.