ADL Welcomes State Department Decision to Defer Award to Egyptian Activist

New York, NY, March 7, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed a State Department decision to defer awarding the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award to Egyptian activist Samira Ibrahim after news reports revealed anti-Semitic messages on Ms. Ibrahim’s Twitter feed.

Ms. Ibrahim was one of 10 women scheduled to receive the award from First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry at tomorrow’s ceremony at the State Department. Although Ms. Ibrahim tweeted yesterday, “My account has been previously stolen and any tweet on racism and hatred is not me,” the objectionable tweets remain on her feed.

“We commend Secretary John Kerry and the Department of State for taking this matter seriously, and holding in abeyance the award to Ms. Ibrahim,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “There is no courage, and there should be no honor, in propagating anti-Semitism. If it is ascertained that Ms. Ibrahim is responsible for these anti-Semitic messages, she is unworthy of U.S. recognition and the honor and award should be withdrawn.”

The League called on Ms. Ibrahim to issue a public disavowal of the anti-Semitic tweets, stating they do not represent her views, unequivocally condemning anti-Semitism as repugnant and unacceptable and urging others not to promote anti-Semitism, hatred or bigotry of any kind. 

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.