‘Honor Killings’ of Women in Palestinian Society

There is no honor in killing

There is no honor in killing

The precise statistics on honor killings of women in Palestinian society are not known, because not all incidents are reported to the authorities. According to Lamiya Shalalda, representative of the Forum of Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations, 11 women died in 2009 in honor killings in the West Bank and Gaza. However, according to the Independent Authority for Human Rights, that number was 13.Jurists such as Zayyad Thabet, president of a Gaza court, said that since Hamas took charge of the Gaza judiciary system after its June 2007 coup, many cases of honor killing have never even made it to the courts.(so the number is actually much higher….).

….In most cases, there was no proof that the murder victims had violated any moral code of Arab society ‚Äď only that their families thought that their behavior was incompatible with the moral code and with accepted custom. Sometimes a mere rumor that a woman had spoken with a man was enough to seal her fate. In other cases, “honor killing” served as a pretext for murder for other reasons, such as a dispute, rivalry, or personal vendetta.

Samia Habib, a psychologist at the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution, explained: “Sometimes it is a matter of inheritance… sometimes the father has committed deviant acts against his daughter and then murders her in a so-called ‘honor killing’ to cover up his crime… The woman is the weakest link. She is always guilty, even when she is a rape victim […] The issue of honor is a very sensitive one. The families do not call for help; you can’t reach them…”

And the worst thing (for me at least):

It is noteworthy that honor killings are condoned by many women. In one of a series of workshops held in Khan Yunis on the role of the media in covering honor killings, in which 60 women participated, it became clear that all the women present believed that a sinning woman should be punished with death.

When women consider that honor killing is good, that women who “sin deserve to die”, I ask myself where their humanity can be. How on earth anyone can consider that a father, a brother, a son should kill his relative, that she deserves to die, just because she hasn’t fulfilled their honor code, or what’s even worse, because they think that the woman has not fulfilled that honor code?


Saudi Arabia: Cleric on marrying Underage Girls, Human Right Treaties

Saudi Cleric Muhammad Musa Al-Sharif Defends the Marrying Off of Under-Age Girls in Saudi Arabia: Atheists, Christians, and Fornicators Are Responsible for Human Rights Treaties– MEMRI



Germany: Turkish immigrant tells court how he killed his 15-year-old daughter, denies it was an honour-killing

He stabbed his daughter 68 times, now he claims he thought she was an intruder:

A Turkish doner kebab vendor told a German court Wednesday how he stabbed his teenaged daughter 68 times in their home, but he denied the attack was an honour killing. Prosecutors in the southern town of Schweinfurt have charged him with murder, alleging he killed Busra, 15, because she had a boyfriend, 17, and was a heavy user of her mobile phone and the internet.

But Mehmet O, aged 46, claimed he mistook her for a burglar.

"What I did was horrible," the accused said in a statement read out for him by his lawyer. "What happened has nothing to do with family honour." He claimed he heard a noise in the night last June, grabbed a kitchen knife, and attacked an intruder.

The girl’s bloodied body was found the next day on the sofa where she had slept. The accused vanished. When police caught him, he made a remark about his daughter "not choosing the Muslim way." The court is expected to ask him what that meant.

For what this piece of news says, he is a killer and a liar. Of course, any normal persona who thinks that there is a burglar in his/her house, wouldn’t call the police but let the burglar dead in the sofa. Yeah, right!!…

Bulletin of the Oppression of Women, Feb 5

This is the Feb’s post from Political Islam about the mistreatment and killing of women in Islamic societies and ghettoes. This is just a reproduction, with some added links from T&P.

February 5, 2010
Mother of 4 is beheaded in an honor killing.

February 6, 2010
Muslim lawyers will "burn alive" anyone who defends a murdered 12 year old Christian girl.

February 9, 2010
Denmark (Translated)
According to a book by a Copenhagen employed prison imam, it’s OK for a Muslim man to beat his wife.

Restraining order on Imam for threats to Muslim woman. (You can read more on this here and here).

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Denmark: Prison imam guides husbands on wife-beating

The imam, Jan Leon Soudari-Hansen, counsels Muslim inmates at the Vestre prison, Blegdamsvejen prison, Politigården prison, all of which belong to the Copenhagen Prisons.

Further he wrote the reference work “R√•d og vejledning om √¶gteskab & samliv‚ÄĚ (Advise and guidance on marriage and cohabitation), where, with the help of koran quotes, gives the prescription for how to live together properly in a Muslim marriage.

Overall he rejects violence in marriage, but according to the book it is acceptable, if two conditions are met:

* The woman commented an “evident abomination”, that is to say adultery or a very serious sin, writes the imam.
* It should be the last resort. The husband should first attempt to talk and then refuse to have sex with his wife.

via Islam in Europe: Copenhagen: Prison imam guides husbands on wife-beating.

Afterwards, I will receive a comment by a Muslim defending this because of course, “women should be protected by their husbands”. If they don’t like that protection they will get some “love“…

Mauritania: Fatwa banning FGM not sufficient to end practice, experts say

A recent fatwa banning female genital mutilation/cutting in Mauritania will help reduce the practice only if religious leaders take the message to the people, scholars and anti-FGM/C activists say.

Given the widespread practice of FGM/C in Mauritania and the belief that it is imposed by Islam ‚Äď families cut their girls “as Allah wishes”, one woman said upon hearing of the fatwa ‚Äď convincing people to stop will take time and engagement from religious leaders.

Imams and Muslim scholars must not stop at just talking about the ban in their sermons,” Muslim scholar Baba ould Mata told IRIN. “They must go before the people, especially in remote regions where FGM/C is prevalent.”

A group of Muslim clerics and scholars on 12 January signed the religious decree against FGM/C after two days of debate led by the Forum de la pensee islamique et du dialogue des cultures in the capital Nouakchott.

Of course, it isn’t sufficient. Mothers consider that this is necessary, for example in Egypt.

The imams and other important leaders should go to the people and convince them. But I don’t think they will: there are African leaders who have called FGM an “honor”, although even in that case he considers that it’s optional, but desirable. It’s just a way to control women’s sexuality.

Turkey: 16-year-old buried alive in “honor killing”

A 16-year-old girl was buried alive by relatives in southeastern Turkey in a gruesome honor killing carried out because she reportedly befriended boys, the Anatolia news agency reported Thursday.

Acting on a tip, police discovered the body of the girl, identified only as M.M., in a sitting position with her hands tied, in a 2-meter-deep hole dug under a chicken pen outside her house in Kahta, a town in the southeastern province of AdńĪyaman, the news agency reported.

The body was found in December, around 40 days after M.M. went missing. She is being identified by her initials because she was under the age of 18. Her father and grandfather are suspected in the murder.

The girl had made a complaint to police about her grandfather two months before she went missing, saying that he beat her because she talked to boys.

via ‚ÄúHonor Killing‚ÄĚ in Turkey: Girl Buried Alive for Talking with Boys ¬ę Doctor Bulldog & Ronin.

Autopsy has revealed that she was fully conscious and alive when she was buried. Bastards!