“The State Department said on Thursday that an award slated to be presented to an Egyptian activist by First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry is being postponed, according to reports — an announcement that comes in the wake of allegations that the woman in question issued anti-American and anti-Semitic tweets.
“We, as a department, became aware very late in the process about Samira Ibrahim’s alleged public comments,” State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said of the activist… “In conversations with us in the last 24 hours, Ms. Ibrahim has categorically denied authorship. She asserts that she was hacked. But we need some time, and in order to be prudent, to conduct our own review
Ibrahim was named earlier this week as one of 10 winners of the International Women of Courage award, an honor to be given on Friday.