Samira Ibrahim is the young, courageous, Egyptian woman who exposed the "virginity tests" conducted by the Egyptian army on girls arrested in Tahrir Square
during the revolution.
Instead of keeping the tests under wraps, she decided to speak up, and for this reason she will receive the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award on Thursday from John Kerry, in the presence of First Lady Michelle Obama.
The medal is given to 'extraordinary' women worldwide. However, it turns out that Ibrahim didn't hesitate in the past to express her opinions on an array of other subjects, and an American-Egyptian researcher claims that she had posted comments in support of Hitler, 9/11 and the terror attack against Israelis in Burgas, Bulgaria on Twitter.
The Hitler tweet
Right-wing American journalist Samuel Tadros wrote in the "Weekly Standard" that on July 18th, after the terror attack in Burgas, in which five Israelis and one Bulgarian were killed, Ibrahim 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." Tadros attached links to all her tweets.
In August she posted the following comment: "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."
The Burgas terror attack tweet
Tadros also claimed that on September 11, 2012, when masses attempted to storm the US Embassy in Cairo and remove the American flag, Ibrahim tweeted, "Today is the anniversary of 9/11. May every year come with America burning."
In his article, Tadros wrote that Ibrahim erased the tweets two weeks later, but another Egyptian activist saved a screen shot in his account.
Samira claims her account was hacked
Tadros is a research fellow at the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, and according to his website, is a member of an Egyptian group that promotes liberal ideas amongst Egyptian youth. He said that on Wednesday Ibrahim wrote that her account had been hacked in the past and that any racist tweet was not written by her.
The reporter attributes this claim to possible fears Ibrahim may have regarding the rage the previous tweets may stir during her trip to Washington and claimed that in the past, she did not mention her account being "hacked."
The US State Department has made no mention of Ibrahim's tweets. Its website says Ibrahim stood up against great cultural pressure to keep silent and that while in high school, she was arrested for criticizing Arab leaders over their "dishonest" support of the Palestinians.
Ibrahim continues to fill an important position in the Egyptian political scene and is currently a coordinator for the "Know Your Rights" group, which promotes political awareness and women's rights in Egypt,
according to the website.