Palestinian ‘Honor Killings’ Rising

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A growing collection of Palestinian leaders are acknowledging that the recent rise in “honor killings” and other horrific acts of violence being perpetrated against Palestinian women can only be stemmed by changing the Arab cultural and Islamic propensity of violence toward women.

The latest victim of a Palestinian honor killing was Nancy Zaboun, a 27-year-old mother of three, who, moments after she left a divorce hearing in Bethlehem, was brutally murdered by her husband.

Nancy had been in the process of seeking an early exit from her marriage after having suffered repeated beatings over the course of her ten-year marriage, beatings that often required hospitalization but which never resulted in criminal charges being brought against her husband.

Unfortunately, Nancy Zaboun’s attempt to flee her abusive marriage caused such a stain on her husband’s familial honor that he stabbed her multiple times, a death sentence which tragically has been shared by a long and ever-expanding list of Palestinian women and girls.

In the years between 2007 and 2010, the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights has reported 29 women were killed by family members in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. However, in the past two years, 25 women have been subjected to honor killings, with 13 women murdered in 2011 and 12 women slain in 2012.

Those victims include: 17-year-old Rofayda Qaoud, whose mother placed a plastic bag over her head and slashed her wrists after she had been raped and impregnated by her two brothers; 27-year-old Fadia Najjar, a divorced mother of five, bludgeoned to death by her father because she owned a cell phone that he thought she was using to call a man outside of the family; and 20-year-old Aya Baradiya, tied up and thrown down a well to die by her uncle because he disapproved of her engagement.

Yet, while honor killings have long been a staple byproduct of Palestinian society, the sharp upsurge in familial murder over the past several years has generated widespread condemnation by a growing coalition of Palestinian officials and human rights activists, denunciations which have included calls for new criminal legislation and longer prison terms.

To that end, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas in May 2011 issued a decree that amended decades-old laws which had guaranteed “leniency” for honor killers such that prison terms might not exceed three years.

The result of the presidential decree, according to PA Justice Minister Ali Mohanna, is that honor killings are now treated as any other murder, and, as such, claims of assailants that they were simply protecting “family honor” are no longer taken into account.

However, that judicial opinion is not equally shared by all, as critics argue the Palestinian legal system does not punish the crime of honor killing severely enough and thus still allows for violence against women to continue to go unpunished.

Specifically, they point to the fact that tenets of the amended laws in President Abbas’ legal order left in place can still be used to justify honor killings, such as mitigating circumstances that let perpetrators avoid severe punishment if they can prove that they acted in a “state of rage.”

As such, Attorney Salwa Banura said the new law encourages murders, since mitigating circumstances “are accepted by the courts, and a man who murders his daughter, wife or sister stays in prison only three months, and is then released.”

Yet, unfortunately, honor killings remain just one small aspect of the horrific torment faced by Palestinian women and girls at the hands of Palestinian men.

A recent study done by the Gaza-based Palestinian Women’s Information and Media Center found that 67 percent of Palestinian women reported being subjected to verbal violence on a regular basis, 71 percent to psychological violence, 52 percent to physical violence and 14 percent to sexual violence.

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  • davarino

    Religion of peace? Ya, where do I sign up? I love the way you guys treat women, what with your honor killings and female genital mutilation. Whats not to love about islam?

  • Confucius Say

    The good news is that Muslim men reincarnate as….

    muslim women.

  • Schlomotion

    Cynically or realistically speaking, Mr. Crimi is not going to go to Pakistan and put a stop to the "rising trend" of honor killing. At best it will become a talking point at some future Hillary Clinton podium visit in Karachi. At worst, it will become fodder for a Pamela Geller rant at a podium at a second rate college in California. Not for a long time to come will Americans actually care or be affected by what happens in Pakistan. Pakistan is that place next to India where the United States Army flies Predator drones and blows up people from time to time. That is probably the biggest news in that country as it relates to us. It is not credible that Mr. Crimi has a genuine interest in the honor killing issue. Rather he just spouting it out as political propaganda and cultural superiority. You cannot stop honor killing by blogging.

    • IranAware

      Just because blogging may not stop it of course, it MUST be pushed out into the forefront of the collective dumba55 percentage of the population. Believe it or not, not everyone is born into this foolish, evil cult, some fools join whole heart idly after taking the bait hook, line and sinker. As soon as the free world sees that the religion of peace is well on its way towards starting a world war to take over completely the better. Islam needs fully eradicated and outlawed as the death cult it is,nothing more. But as long as the apologetics keep running defense for them it won't happen.

      • Schlomotion

        Why is it, Jeff, that you don't drive yourself the two and a half short hours from Three Rivers to Dearborn, MI and tell the Muslims there that Jeff Treesh proclaims that "Islam needs to be fully eradicated and outlawed?" Where does your fortitude go in the real world, when you are not posing as an intelligence and propaganda firm, and when you are only persecuting people for their religion online under your super-hero name?

        • IranAware

          propaganda? Im well aware Derorn has been converted to a Musslim sh*thole now, your telling me nothing, except that your a troll a55hole. What you think printing my name is going to stop me? Whatever floats your boat. Im not the one hiding behind a pedophiles words that ok's me to kill my daughter or beat my wife. As far as I can see your nothing but a person who has too much time and not enough knowledge on their hands, and has nothing better to do than troll.

          • Schlomotion

            There's the real you! That's all I wanted. The inarticulate, profane, misspelled, belligerent and cowardly racist you. Not IranAware. Jeff. Not the spell-checked, pseudo-articulate political blogger you who is utterly fake. That didn't take much time at all. What are you talking about? Not going to personally eradicate and outlaw Islam in the next town over even, are you. You barely even heard of Dearborn and it's right near you.


          Schomoron, Please go to Syria and get the two islamofascist sides to stop killing each other, or die trying.

        • Kufar Dawg

          Yeah, no one has noticed how muslo-nazis respond to any and all criticism of their religion. No one has noticed what has happened to the few Christians who have dared to proselytize in Dearbornistan. How do you know IranAware is Jeff anyway? BTW, your puerile attempt at intimidation hasn't gone unnoticed.

          • Schlomotion

            Quick! Call Brigitte Gabriel! Call the Riverside sheriff! Call a cab!

          • Kufar Dawg

            You seem to suffer from antisemitic bulimia maybe you should stop eating islamofascist propaganda.

          • Roger

            Oh my, you must be getting on their islamic nerves, they tried to use the reference to your local SO as an intimidation technique. That's a huge compliment when they hate so you so badly. They described my front yard, so you still have a little ways to go still, but you're on a roll!

            Keep up the great work!

    • David R

      What you won't do to distract from the facts and cover up for these Muslim cowards!
      Instead of facing and denouncing a sad reality like the brutal treatment of Muslim wives the way a normal human being would, you prefer to rant against those who out of compassion try to halt these crimes against humanity.Are you under medication or depressed? If so, please consult your imam in your local mosque…and you'll be surprised to hear that even he will tell you to shut up.
      Oh and by the way, if he's honest with you about your ambition to become a martyr for Islam, he'll tell you that the 70 sex-starved virgins up above is all a lot of BS.
      Actually they are the Muslim women you guys murder for honor…and they is armed with scalpels and are gonna git ya where your honor hangs out!

  • Tanstaafl jw

    The Qur'an makes it halal for Muslim men to bear their wives.

  • Tanstaafl jw

    Sorry. "beat their wives."

    • David R

      They should be given bears as wives…at least they'll get a taste of their own medecine :o)

  • David R

    These wild donkeys of the desert typically act in perverted, twisted ways. It seems strange and deranged to people with hearts and feelings that these blind fools treat their women this way, and yet when they perform their obligatory Haj in Mecca and circle that demonic black building in white robes, they actually touch or kiss that satanic black corner stone encased in that ugly frame in the shape of a vagina.
    Weird or What?

  • Richard

    I think we need to take the long-term approach to this. This is good news. There is a growing reality amongst Muslims that there is indeed something inherently wrong with their approach to women. The KSA had to have their arms twisted by the IOC just to include a single female judoka on their team. Once Muslims see the fanatics defend honor killing they will surely lose hope of ever trying to reform Islam. The Taliban will always have the sunnah, koran, and the hadiths to back up their claims about the shabby treatment of women. May this awareness of the brutality against women within Arab culture increase a thousandfold.

  • PAthena

    The so-called "Palestinians" are Arabs whose only raison d'être is hatred of non-Muslims, in this case, Jews. They have co-opted the ancient name for "Jew," since "Palestinian" was synonymous with "Jew" from the time that the Roman Emperor Hadrian changed the name of Judea to "Palestina" in 135 A.D. after having defeated the last Jewish rebellion under Bar Kochba. "Palestine" then become synonymous with "Land of the Jews," and the Palestine Mandate awarded to Great Britain after World War I to be the "homeland of the Jews."
    Calling Arabs "Palestinians" is the effect of the founding of the "Palestine Liberation Organization" (P.L.O.) by Gamal Nasser, ruler of Egypt, and the Soviet Union, both haters of Jews, in Cairo in 1964. This group came to prominence in the Munich 1972 Olympic games when they murdered the Israeli athletes. These so-called "Palestinians" are Mohammedans with the terrible attitudes and behavior to women of Mohammedanism.

  • Ghostwriter

    Somehow,I'm not surprised the Palestinians do this. I'm also not surprised that Schlomotion made another idiotic comment. His idiocy knows no bounds.

    • David R

      We should all boycott this pedophile-adoring idiot and ignore him completely. Responding to a fool is quite foolish.

      • Roger

        Why not challenge evil?
        Not to is how we lost the education system, the court system, the media and so many other things used against us. For good people to do nothing advances that evil.

  • johnnywoods

    Islam just sucks!

  • ahmadnb

    Please show me WHERE in the Qur'an "honor killings" against women are justifiable. I must have missed it.

    • Kufar Dawg

      Others have already addressed this tissue paper defense of islamic honor killings. It's no accident that 91% of all honor killings are islamic, despite your histrionic claims to the contrary.

      • ahmadnb

        Typical non-response from someone who has nothing but hot air to offer…no surprise there.

        • Roger

          Why should he have to prove that the way islam is lived is the right way, it's your religion. Why don't you prove that surah 9 isn't why activists are so blood thirsty as the koran commands?

          • ahmadnb

            Are you someone's attack pooch? Shoo…bad dog! Sh!t for brains…

          • Roger

            You seem to be. And full of fecal material too.

            Want a bacon sandwich? Nope? How about a martini?

            How about a waitress showing cleavage taking Midol since she's having that time of the month issue?

            You muslims are so silly.

            I challenge you seriously. There was a time when Christianity went thought a reformation because it was oppressive and no longer representing what it was founded on. Martin Luther tacked the thesis on the Cathedral doors setting it off.

            Why don't you make a thesis about how the koran doesn't need to be taken seriously, how sharia is optional and tack that to the door of any mosque in Saudi Arabia and see how that works for you. You know, since you think islam is the religion of peace it must not be a scary concept, is it?

          • ahmadnb

            Sure…and Martin Luther was a vicious anti-Semite. Wonderful role model for the likes of you.Oppression of religious minorities in Western lands subsided with the advent of secular governments and the rise of republicanism and rationalism, and NOT with a better understanding of Christianity.I don't need to defend my beliefs. You can't even defend yours.

          • Roger

            Still the side stepping troll.
            Where did I say Martin Luther was perfect? I said if you tried what he tried then you'd be dead. He wasn't killed and that is the difference between your brutal 8th century forced lifestyle and my religion.

            You can't defend your beliefs, and your straw man tactics and side steps show it.

  • Kufar Dawg

    Al-Hayat Al-Jadida is a PA controlled propaganda outlet, much like Pravda was:

  • burke

    Honor killing is normative Islam justified in Koran 18.81 and in Sharia law’s ‘The Reliance of the Traveller’, Chapter o1.1-2, pp. 582-584.

    Furthermore Koran 4:15 permits the murder of a wife by her husband.
    “Sharia honor killing, in Islam, a husband can kill his wife” – Egyptian sheikh

  • Cey