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Egyptian activist blames US 'Zionist lobby' for lost prize
Women's rights activist and virginity-test whistleblower Samira Ibrahim admits authorship of anti-Zionist tweets that cost her US State Department's International Women of Courage Award
Ahram Online, Friday 8 Mar 2013
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Egyptian activist Samira Ibrahim,
Egyptian activist Samira Ibrahim (Photo: AP)

Recent statements by Egyptian women's rights activist Samira Ibrahim have fanned the flames of the controversy surrounding her loss of the US State Department's International Women of Courage Award following accusations of 'anti-Semitism.'  

"I refused to apologise to the Zionist lobby regarding previous anti-Zionist statements, despite pressure from the American government, so the award was withdrawn," Ibrahim declared via Twitter from the US, where she had already travelled to receive the prize in a Friday awards ceremony.

The young activist, who asserted that she had been subjected to "psychological pressures" while on US soil, also tweeted, however, that "the statements against the monotheistic religions were not mine but the anti-Zionist statements were."

Ibrahim's contentious tweets, issued over several months, included one last July in which she greeted news of a bus bombing that killed five Israelis as "good news." In another tweet, she praised the 11 September 2012 attacks against US diplomatic missions in the Middle East.  

The activist's initial reaction to the controversy on Wednesday had been to deny authorship of the 'anti-Semitic' and anti-American tweets as the work of a hacker, alleging that her Twitter account had been "hacked more than once and any tweet containing racism or hatred is not mine."

On Thursday, US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland stated: "In conversations with us in the last 24 hours, Ms. Ibrahim has categorically denied authorship. She asserts that she was hacked."

Ibrahim had been slated to receive the award for her role as chief whistleblower against the Egyptian military's practice of conducting 'virginity tests' on female protesters detained while taking part in a March 2011 Tahrir Square demonstration. 



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Maria Allen
09-03-2013 07:27am
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the need for compassion as well as courage
Ms. Ibrahim certainly deserves credit for her courage in bringing attention to the shameful practice of trying to frighten women away from participating in protests using state-sponsored sexual assault. It is sad that she takes joy in the deaths of people because they happen to be citizens of countries whose governments she finds objectionable. One wonders why she was willing to accept an award from one of those governments. And one also wonders what sort of courage she demonstrated in initially not taking responsibility for her statements.
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Truthseeker
09-03-2013 01:01am
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She lied, she lost
The problem is her culture. As an Egyptian, she was brought up since childhood to despise Israelis and Jews for continuously beating her country in every war. She just can't help it. Also, major blame is not "anti-Zionism" but anti-Americanism as expressed in her tweets. That's what truly hurt her chances for an award.
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Brian
09-03-2013 12:02am
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She praised a suicide bombing of innocent civilians...
The Burgas bus bombing she praised killed innocent civilians. She praised terrorism. Pretty obvious someone like that shouldn't get an award.
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david kamlet
08-03-2013 11:12pm
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responsibility
She was caught in multiple lies and also cheered the 9/11 attack on her host country, what do you expect.
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medo
08-03-2013 06:25pm
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really?
What lost her the award was her mouth... plain and simple!
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freespeechlover
08-03-2013 09:08pm
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in the US anti-Zionism-anti-Semitism
What cost her the award was just what she said. You cannot make anti-Zionist comments in the US and receive a government sponsored award. Period. It's because in the US, at least among the political elites, anti-Zionism is equated with anti-Semitism.

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