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March 27, 2014 7:14 am

Palestinian Honor Killings Skyrocket, Israel Blamed

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From Al Jazeera:

Two teenage Palestinian girls were killed in separate incidents last month in so-called “honour killings”, revenge attacks carried out most often by family members against women suspected of “immoral sexual conduct”.

The deaths sparked protests with more than 100 people assembling outside the general attorney’s office in Gaza on March 3, demanding violence against Palestinian women come to a halt. Five women died in honour killings in the Palestinian territories in 2011. That number rose to 13 in 2012 and doubled to 26 last year.

…[A]nother woman, Samah Bader, was stabbed to death by her husband in their apartment in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. She became the eighth woman killed in the Palestinian territories since the beginning of the year – raising concerns the deadly trend will continue to spiral upwards.

…A survey by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics from 2011 showed that 35 percent of married women in Gaza had been exposed to physical violence by their husband within the past year, and that 40 percent of unmarried women had been physically abused by a household member.

When this trend became apparent last year, the Palestinian Minister of Women’s Affairs, Rabiha Diab, blamed….Israel: “The Israeli occupation is the one practising the utmost violence … it’s the main thing keeping us from advancing.”

I would argue that the main thing keeping them from advancing is their refusal to take responsibility for anything, and to blame Israel reflexively no matter what.

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  • Yoel Nitzarim

    No doubt Israel is not to blame. The blame game seems to be part and parcel of the Palestinian culture. Israel is almost always the ultimate recipient of blame. Unfortunately, women are no treated the same as men in that women are most often relegated to domestic life and treated possessively almost as chattel. Whereas sexual misconduct may be construed as nominally dismissive behavior in the West, in Palestinian society it is frequently treated as a capital offense. The trend in both neighboring Palestinian entities–Gaza and the PA seems toto gravitating toward more extreme punishment for behavior considered at variance with Sha’aria Law.

    In this article the author referred to Judea and Samaria as the “occupied West Bank.” Such a designation is both historically and legally not accurate. These areas are “disputed territories.”

  • Solomon2

    This is what it’s like in a welfare culture: sustenance is an entitlement, not something won through work, so status isn’t determined by pride in earning or building but through a man’s willingness to defend his “honor”.

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    I’m left wondering if this is entirely a bad thing.

  • rulierose

    how can a people be so delusional? wait–I’m going to answer my own question. they couldn’t do it without the help and support of President Obama and the spineless “world community,” which never ever EVER demands consequences for Palestinian hate speech, threats, or even violence.

    so why shouldn’t they blame Israel? just look at the “peace process.” Israel releases prisoners…the Pals announce they’re not going to talk anyway…and Obama says C’mon Bibi, why can’t you be as serious about peace as Abbas is?

  • Steve Butman

    It’s raining outside, blame the Jews…my car broke down, blame the Jews…I’m not a 6′ tall model/actor, blame the Jews….

  • j

    Actually, I apologize to animals…

  • j