- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 7, 2013

First lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry are set to bestow Thursday an award of courage on a young Egyptian girl who exposed the country’s practice of subjecting females to virginity tests.

Ynet News reports the girl, Samira Ibrahim, has a questionable Twitter background, however.

After a July 18 terrorist attack in Burgas that left five Israelis dead, Ynet reports, Ms. Ibrahim allegedly 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.” The tweet was first reported in the Weekly Standard, Ynet says.

Ynet also reports that in August, Ms. Ibrahim allegedly tweeted: “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.” Ms. Ibrahim also reportedly tweeted, on Sept. 11, 2012, “May every year come with America burning,” Ynet says, citing a Weekly Standard report.

Ms. Ibrahim says her Twitter account was hacked, and she denies writing the tweets, Ynet says. But the writer of the original Weekly Standard report — Samuel Tadros, a research fellow at the Hudson Institute Center for Religious Freedom — says she did not attribute the tweets to hackers until she was due to make the trip to Washington to receive her award, Ynet reports.

She is due to receive the secretary of state’s International Women of Courage Award on Thursday from Mr. Kerry, Ynet reports. Mrs. Obama is scheduled to be at the ceremony, Ynet says.



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