An Egyptian woman whose state department award was revoked over a slew of anti-Semitic tweets has now written that she refuses to “apologize to the Zionist lobby in America.”
Yesterday, the White House announced it would not honor Samira Ibrahim in a ceremony this afternoon as was previously planned.
Ibrahim was meant to receive the state department’s Women of Courage Award along with nine others, for her advocacy after submission to “virginity testing” in 2011.
Opponents spoke out this week, though, after a series of tweets calling Saudis “dirtier than Jews” and espousing quotes by Hitler came to light.
Ibrahim also praised last summer’s Burgas bombing, in which five Israelis died, and seemed to celebrate the anniversary of 9/11 on the account.
Wednesday, as the tweets began to make headlines, Ibrahim wrote on the site that her account had been hacked, and “any tweet on racism and hatred is not me.”
Still, Ibrahim’s name was removed from the state department’s list of honorees yesterday, with a spokeswoman saying the government was looking into the validity of the tweets.
Last evening, however, Ibrahim posted another tweet, which seemed to admit authorship of the offending messages.
"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in America on the previous statements hostile to Zionism under pressure from the American government, so the prize was withdrawn," Ibrahim wrote late last night.
The event coincides with International Women’s Day.