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Let me just go back to where we were yesterday and it finds that.
Upon further review of the department has decided not.
To present her.
With the award.
Our understanding is that she plans to return home we never presented -- we've decided that we will not hasn't.
Well breaking news from the State Department you just heard spokesperson Victoria -- Announcing that state has completely canceled the presentation of a prestigious award.
After coming within hours of paying tribute to an Egyptian woman.
Who may be seriously anti American woman was supposed to get the department's international women of courage award it was scheduled for today.
An honor of her actions during Egypt's uprising.
Also attending today's ceremony with secretary of state John Kerry and First Lady Michelle Obama.
But then the State Department found out it's on a -- May have quoted hit -- on Twitter and even celebrated attacks against America.
Chief Washington correspondent James Rosen is live at the State Department -- more -- Alison good afternoon Samir -- breaking today appears to be abandoning her claim that her Twitter feed was -- and is instead defiantly refusing to apologize to what she calls.
The zionist lobby in America.
For what she describes as my previous anti -- statements.
Ibrahim is Egyptian native and -- women's rights activist who was forced to undergo virginity tests by the Egyptian military subjected to what the State Department -- real police violence she first came to international attention.
During the protests -- -- square the topple the Mubarak government in Cairo for these reasons she was initially among those selected to be honored today with the secretary of State's.
International women of courage award.
The State Department as you just heard is now canceling that -- working for him because it turns out that among the 181000 posts on your -- Twitter feed.
There are tweets like these from June of 2012 translated from Arabic.
An explosion on a bus carrying Israelis and -- airport in Bulgaria on the Black -- today is a very sweet day a lot of very sweet news.
From August when he first I've discovered with the passage of days that no act contrary to morality no crime against society takes place except with the Jews having handed Hitler.
From September 11 today is the anniversary of 9/11 -- every year come with America burning.
And then from Wednesday my account has been previously stolen and any -- on racism and hatred is not me.
Award recipients are nominated first by and the -- around the world then -- -- -- Here in Washington.
In the context of of looking at her.
Records and that she is a very big Tweeter she has.
Tens of thousands of -- soon.
-- -- -- -- A small portion of those so obviously.
You know we're doing forensics internally on how we didn't catch it.
Today Ebert and tweets again in Arabic according to the weekly standard quote I refuse to apologize to the zionist lobby in America.
Regarding my previous anti -- statements.
Under pressure from American government and therefore they withdrew the award we should point out this award servant is -- -- go forward.
With the other people who worked -- were to be -- some of these are very brave women.
Were either in jail in their native countries for blogging and what have you or who are in hiding and for one reason or another can't come to today's ceremony.
-- margins thanks for explaining that so how did the State Department come this close honoring a woman accused of writing things like.
Today's the anniversary of 9/11 may every year come with America burning.
And are her alleged remarks symbolic a bit larger anti American sentiment in Egypt -- -- or is it.
Journalists and a Fox News contributor Lisa great to see you you so as I said I mean we were hours away from honoring -- -- -- Ebert team.
What do we know about her.
Basically she she and activists and she's a very brave woman who brought to the attention of the world these virginity tests.
Violence against women in her native country and she's against violence but guess what you vocal against the US is also -- anti Semitic and these tweets obviously.
Speak for them.
Themselves when you -- virginity tests she was part of a group of protesters.
In Cairo and apparently -- Egyptian military were subjecting these this separate women.
To -- -- very odious tests.
Right so I -- today's international women's day in and two years ago when we have the toppling of the Mubarak.
Regime only a month later -- march was.
International women's day in these women came out and -- -- -- square and -- were chased out by backs and an end in environments and this only you know points to a larger.
Problem of -- out the secularist and Egyptian or Libyan where -- Syrian -- -- the sentiment as a good one for the state tomorrow.
Department top honor to recognize.
The opposition in these countries and to find not only the opposition but women who were brave and courageous and on the front.
Lying sure that we understand why they were originally attracted to her but you'd think that the State Department and as as victory -- -- and just said she did active Tweeter she has a very active -- -- it.
The wake up call the State Department everyone else in that we have to be vetting them better we have to be looking got.
Violence but what else what -- how well since she and at -- to a larger.
Problem here mean John Kerry just when you -- 250 million dollar and foreign aid.
Pledged to the egyptians and had some more -- believing -- view.
War but why we just writing these checks for them to get a second hate -- for -- right and that's the bottom line here excellent point list.
Let me just read a couple of other of the tweets that should have aroused suspicion earlier than today.
She -- on July 18 so just eight months ago an explosion on a bus carrying Israelis in Burgos airport in Bulgaria on the Black -- today is a very sweet day.
With a lot of very sweet news what a lovely sentiment that that threat -- is she indicated she anomaly in Egypt where she indicative of some sort of sentiment on the street that were not aware.
Right so unfortunately based on what we've seen based on the what's coming out of Egypt at that she's not the only one.
Right so it's very difficult to find.
Those who are you know anti more -- but also our pro US or are in a pro west this is the propaganda that has been.
In the country and they they resent us for many reasons.
Far for the involvement of of of the US in toppling Mubarak and taking too long to topple Mubarak and this so many mixed.
Sentiments here but again it just points to the importance of -- out the secularist and finding that and that's where our money and attention should be we should be engaged with the new Egyptian government.
But we should be engaging them the right way and this is not only.
Economic -- -- contingency to be political.
But it wasn't able we find the people what we find people who are pro western or -- -- -- to the -- what should we be doing.
She supported those elements within the within Egyptian society not only you know the analogy is you don't just give your child the allowance money let them do whatever they want with it.
You give them direction and guidance -- -- -- spreading out the checked each of we're just giving them.
Military -- But we have to be directing.
What's going on on the ground as well I mean there was a feeling of course that when there were protests in -- -- that.
It meant that people would be leaning in the western way leaning towards America that has not been proven to be -- unfortunately not.
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