Ibraheem Samirah has made deeply troubling statements, statements that are hateful and disturbing.
For example, on July 27, 2014, he shared a youtube video posted by the Russian propaganda broadcaster “Russia Today.” The 7-minute video segment was titled “How Israel Uses Twitter, Facebook & Tinder to Legitimize Murder | Brainwash Update.” Samirah wrote this statement in his post:
“Most Israeli teenagers not only want to cover up the murders in their name, but they have young urges that need to be released somehow! Tinder’s perfect for that”
“Burn a million times”
Ariel Sharon, former Prime Minister of Israel, died on January 11, 2014. As Prime Minister in 2004–05 Sharon orchestrated Israel’s unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip, as a peace-seeking effort with the Palestinians. He reportedly planned a similar withdrawal from the West Bank. He fell into a coma in 2006 and remained unconscious until his death in 2014.
On January 11, 2014 Samirah posted the statement “Ariel Sharon, burn. Burn a million times for every innocent soul you killed. Hell is excited to have you.” He added in the comments to his post, “I hope our beloved Arab ‘leaders’ (butchers I should say) get a spot next to Sharon quickly. They’re not any less guilty than Sharon is.”
“I’d say worse…[than the KKK]”
On August 3, 2014, Samirah added his comment to a post titled “Music Legend Brian Eno: Funding Israel is Like ‘Sending Money to the KKK.”
Samirah’s comment? “I’d say worse, but I’ll go along with Eno on this one.”
Samirah opposes Israel’s right to exist
Samirah’s objections to Israel go back to its founding and to Israel’s right to exist. When he speaks of “Israeli occupation,” he emphasizes that in his view the “Israeli occupation” started with the founding of Israel in 1948.
“the 66 year old Israeli Occupation”
On July 19, 2014, he posted a comment at BU Today, stating:
“Why is it that Boston University’s publishing body finds it pertinent to speak of Jerusalem’s history rather than its, currently, very hot scene due to the 66 year old Israeli occupation. I am a Jerusalemite, my last 9 great grandfathers from my father’s side and all my great grandfathers from my moms side originitating [sic] from within the old city walls of Jerusalem, and I find this article to be biased and out of place with regards to timing. Boston University: stop your attempts at distorting the current headlines that are exposing the occupation.”
“…stolen by the Israeli government, washed off as the Promised Land for Jews”
On July 23, 2014, Samirah put up a lengthy post on Facebook about Israel, Jews, the Holocaust and the BDS movement. The post is quoted below in full, followed by the screenshot:
“Many of my friends feel that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, specifically on the topic of who has the full right to the land, is a confusing one. I will respond to this in a very lawful, logical and fair manner, so please bare [sic] with me.
A large percentage of palestinians have documentation of property ownership, before the formation of the strictly Jewish state of Israel, whether that be from the British mandate colonizations or the Ottoman empire (that administered the land for hundreds of year) before that, supplemented by witnesses in the form of pictures, videos, people etc. All these pieces of information are still around and can be utilized to reach the true owners. I am a Palestinian and I dont know one family that doesnt have its evidence handy from 66 years ago.
My grandfather had hundreds of acres and properties in and around Jerusalem, passed down, that he could not access because it was stolen by the Israeli government, washed off as the Promised Land for Jews only (using the Torah and Zionist ideology, a 3000 yo religious book and a 100 yo Jew-only philosophy) as reference points. Furthermore this resulted in our lands being given to, mainly, European Jews fleeing their homes in Europe due to the Holocaust.
This begs me to ask the question: What does my family have to do with a Holocaust that occurred thousands of miles away and henceforth, why does my family have to lose their property rights because of its occurrence? The documentation my grandfather holds is valid in the international courts at the Hague, but Israel does not recognize them nor most international law for that matter.
Theres a huge need, within Israel, to cover up its illegal occupation and crimes, hence why its being sanctioned by the world through the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement, a hot and coming movement thats been on the rise for 10 years now. This is all not irrelevant!”
“I do not know what other message God is sending me other than that I am not dead because I am to avenge for the murders of innocent protesters not just in Egypt, but in the entire world.”
Samirah participated in the protests in Egypt in the summer of 2013. Rabaa Square in Cairo was occupied by armed encampments of supporters of the deposed president (and Muslim Brotherhood leader) Mohamed Morsi. The protesters opposed the Egyptian government that had deposed Morsi (background here). Samirah states “I was with the protesters, in Rabaa square, just 11 days before the massacre took place…”
Eleven days after Samirah left, and after weeks of failed negotiations, the government and protesters engaged in a conflict that killed hundreds.
Samirah’s statement is excerpted below followed by the screenshot. His words suggest that the experience was formative and deeply tied to his identity and purpose.
This statement was made only five months before he became the Democratic candidate for the 86th District in the Virginia Assembly.
“I wish to not take away from the death of the 900+ protestors, yet it’s hard for me to imagine that 11 days separated me from death in Cairo with the protesters. I do not know what other message God is sending me other than that I am not dead because I am to avenge for the murders of innocent protesters not just in Egypt, but in the entire world. That democracy shall live on, no matter how desperately it’s enemies want to destroy it.
I have still not come to terms with the event, what needs to be done to reconcile with the grotesqueness of the event. It’s more than just holding the perpetrators accountable….”
“biggest conspirators against the Palestinian people”
Some background may help in understanding Samirah’s hostility to the governments of Egypt and the UAE.
Ibraheem Samirah has repeatedly pledged loyalty to his father Sabri Samirah. Sabri Samirah is a leading Islamist political figure who has been associated with Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated organizations in the US and Jordan since Ibraheem Samirah’s childhood. See Extremist Father for the details.
After the failure of the “Arab Spring,” the Muslim Brotherhood’s power greatly diminished in the Middle East. In 2013, the government of Egypt banned the Muslim Brotherhood from the country, after deposing Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi from the Egyptian presidency. In 2014, the UAE and Saudi Arabia would both designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.
By the end of July 2014, as noted by CNN and the New York Times, Middle East alliances had begun to shift: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and other nations were siding with Israel against Gaza and Hamas.
On July 31, 2014, Samirah posted an article from The Guardian titled “Egypt’s shameful decision to side with Israel is also responsible for bloodshed in Gaza.” Samirah added this statement, quoted in entirety with the screenshot below:
“At least when Israel commits crimes against humanity, the world knows its the enemy…but when the biggest conspirators against the Palestinian people, the Egyptian elites headed by the dictator general Sisi, say they act in favor of Palestinians by siding with Israel, it truly hurts. Also lets not forget the UAE that recently, secretly, promised to fund Israeli attacks on Gaza, if need be, and has been sending spies to Gaza through its Red Cresent [sic] humanitarian foundation.”