Egyptian Activist Subjected to ‘Virginity Test’ Dropped From U.S. Honors List for Tweets
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Source: New York Times
Last Updated, 11:59 p.m. The State Department dropped an Egyptian activist from a list of women to be honored in Washington on Friday after comments celebrating attacks on Israelis in Bulgaria and the American Embassy in Cairo were discovered in her Twitter feed, along with an anti-Semitic quotation from Adolf Hitler.
Ms. Ibrahim did not respond to requests for comment, but later on Thursday she appeared to back away from the claim that she had been hacked in a new update to her Twitter feed which read: “I refused to apologize to the Zionist lobby in America for previous comments hostile towards Zionism under pressure from the American government so the prize was withdrawn.”
Although Ms. Ibrahim is already in the United States, and spoke with fellow honorees at a college in Pittsburgh on Monday, her name was removed Thursday from the official list of this year’s winners of the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award.