Unfair ‘Honor Crime’ Fight In Berlin

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When it involves the horror of honor crimes, even a high profile, professional world boxing champion was not able to escape the incomprehensible and savage violence of this barbaric custom.

A trial nearing its conclusion in Berlin, Germany, has outlined how a family drama in that country ended in the non-fatal shooting tragedy of Rola El-Halabi, a 26-year-old Muslim woman originally from Lebanon. Like hundreds of other mostly female victims of honor crimes in the West, the reason for the shooting was that El-Halabi had wanted to establish her independence from her culture’s restrictive and archaic customs and be with the man she chose to love.

But unlike most other honor crime victims, El-Halabi was unique in that she enjoyed the unusual distinction of being a well-known sports figure who once held two world championship belts in women’s boxing in the lightweight division. In 2010, the talented El-Halabi defeated American Mia St. John for the WIBF and WIBA titles in Ulm, her hometown in Germany, giving her a perfect 11-0 record. El-Halabi even had one of her matches televised by Al-Jazeera television to the Middle East where it was seen by 22 million people.

El-Halabi’s fame, however, provided no protection from her attacker who was also her step-father, Hicham El-Halabi, 44. The older El-Halabi, a German citizen and goldsmith originally from Kuwait, stormed into her dressing room minutes before she was to enter the ring in a Berlin sports arena to try to regain one of her belts and coldly and calculatingly shot her four times. Rola El-Halabi related the horror of that night to the German newspaper, Bild, and how she had tried to calm her attacker during the shooting:

I was with my trainer and manager, a doctor and physiotherapist in the dressing room, when Papa stormed into the room. He was threatening with the weapon in his hand and screamed “Everybody out!” And then he shot me in the hand from three meters distance. I cried and screamed. Then he shot me in the left foot. I fell and implored him: “Papa, you have everything, what do you want? Please, put the weapon down, then everything is over.” He threatened to kill himself, but he was too cowardly for that. He took his time, aimed, shot me in my kneecap and then in my right foot.

Just moments before the potentially deadly assault on his step-daughter, Hachim El-Halabi had shot two security guards in the legs. The guards were trying to block him from gaining entrance to the dressing room when hit.

This extra expenditure of bullets, however, forced El-Halabi to pause and change his gun’s magazine after he had knocked his step-daughter to the floor with the first shots. The German prosecutor said this was done in “ice-cold” fashion before he continued to shoot her. El-Halabi had also been sure to barricade the dressing room door, so no one could interfere with his brutal assault.

The reason for Hachim El-Halabi’s barbaric behavior was his step-daughter’s falling in love with a non-Muslim man who had reportedly left his wife for her. Hachim had actually been his step-daughter’s manager until the discord between the two over the relationship caused Rola to hand back her two belts, separate her career from her step-father and take a year-long pause from the sport. Her title fight last April, which a German sports channel was to televise, marked her return to the ring under a new manager.

During that year’s respite, however, Hachim had spread insulting messages on the Internet about his step-daughter and had told people, the court learned, he intended to shoot her in the legs and put her in a wheelchair. He had also assaulted his daughter’s new boyfriend and threatened Rola that he had better not see them together.

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  • Matt

    These are obviously the actions of a abnormal & demented individual who is tarnishing the good name of Islam, "The Religion of Peace™". (Sarcasm intended)

  • kafir4life

    I fully support the rights of muslim fathers, brothers, husbands, and other keepers of women they own to do to them as they see fit once they've defiled the family or the faith. The more muslim women taken out by their families, the fewer islamic wombs there are. The fewer islamic wombs, the better. You go, Achmed!! Take her out!! She's insulted your family honor. Take her out.
    And Abdullah…..Your muslima came on to me…..wanted to have sex…..said you couldn't satisfy her, then we laughed and laughed!!

  • DogWithoutSlippers

    This ficticious allah has much power that the sick followers must wallow in hate!
    Of course the faith's originator, mohammed, was an evil and demented person
    whose delusions of pomp and grandeur thrust this evil menace on all of mankind.

    • F. Swemson

      Well said!

      Islam's suppression of natural and healthy sexuality, is a key contributor to the sheer brutality and insanity of this cult. Winston Churchill nailed it when he said:

      "How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.

      A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

      Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome."


      • http://Frontpage Leonidas

        Thank you for publishing Churchhill on Islam!He was right!

  • "gunner"

    perhaps the stepfather needs a little "muslim justice", cripple his legs and hands as he did to his daughter, so that he can no longer walk or practise his trade, then deport him to a muslim country where there is no "welfare" system and let him beg in the streets for his living.

  • StephenD

    All kidding aside, Kafir has a point. When the rest of the world sees such atrocities and can no longer ignore them, maybe, just maybe, we in the West will give up on this P.C. crap and see this menace for what it is.

  • PhillipGaley

    Violent crime involving a fire-arm should carry an appropriate sentence—and done upon three innocents, forsooth! To my eye, the German court looks rather like a joke, . . .

  • 7044reynolds

    Since sexual "honor" and "purity" are so important to these Neanderthal men, why not castrate them when they are found guilty of an honor crime? Imagine the social implications of that in the umma, rendered a big, brave, bearded girly-man for life….

  • Ghostwriter

    To me,this lunatic deserves either life in prison or the death penalty. Either one is fine,just so long he doesn't get out.

  • ronwagn

    How can Germany expect to deter crime with a sentence of less than seven years requested for this crime?! He shot three people, and any could have died. What a travesty of justice. I spent 26 months defending Germany and this is what they have become, as we have paid for their protection.

  • ebonystone

    She should have punched his lights out long ago. She' s a professional boxer, isn't she?

  • PatriotX

    I’ve always believed the truth to be the most potent form of information warfare. In light of this we must never let the PC press or it’s allies take away our right to free speech. This is what’s being done all over Europe as anti-blaspheme laws are being passed. They are disguised by other titles and names but enforced by the same tyrants. This will probably be potrayed in the Eurpopean newspapers as the young girl being the antagonist or in alot of cases won’t be covered at all.

    The truth to how counter this ideology is to

    • PatriotX

      western civliization is it’s most fatal vulnerability.