(JNS.org) After Human Rights Watch selected activist Mona Seif as a finalist for the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for
Human Rights Defenders, watchdog organization UN Watch exposed previous tweets
by Seif advocating Palestinian terrorism against Israel. UN Watch, along with Egyptian activists Amr Bakly and Maikel
Nabil, protested the nomination and sent a letter to HRW requesting to
withdraw Seif’s nomination.
In her tweets, Seif wrote such things as, “We support the resistance of the palestinian nation against Israel,” “We the Egyptian ppl DO NOT WANT OUR GAS TO BE EXPORTED TO ISRAEL. Sinai ppl are our heroes everytime they blow up the pipelines,” and the hashtag #FuckIsrael.
“The fact that so many democracy awards are being given to people who do not embrace democratic values suggests that the very notion of ‘pro-democratic’ is being defined down,” Eric Trager, senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told the Washington Free Beacon. “Most disturbingly, pro-democratic and human rights organizations…are the ones overlooking these awardees’ blatantly violent views,” he added.