Honor Related Violence (Palestinian Authority area)
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Statistics on Honor Related Violence and Killings
WLUML, May 2, 2006
The Times of India, July 11, 2010
Palestinian Penal Code
Adrian Morgan, The Family Security Foundation, Inc., June 26, 2007
Rofayda Qaoud, smothered with a plastic bag, slashed wrists and hit with a wooden stick, January 27, 2003
So Amira Abu Hanhan Qaoud says she did what she believes any good Palestinian parent would: restored her family's "honor" through murder.
Armed with a plastic bag, razor and wooden stick, Qaoud entered her sleeping daughter's room last Jan. 27. "Tonight you die, Rofayda," she told the girl, before wrapping the bag tightly around her head.
Next, Qaoud sliced Rofayda's wrists, ignoring her muffled pleas of "No, mother, no!" After her daughter went limp, Qaoud struck her in the head with the stick.
Killing her sixth-born child took 20 minutes, Qaoud tells a visitor through a stream of tears and cigarettes that she smokes in rapid succession. "She killed me before I killed her," says the 43-year-old mother of nine. "I had to protect my children. This is the only way I could protect my family's honor."
The guilty brothers are in jail.
Qaoud's confessed crime, for which she must appear before a three-judge panel Dec. 3, is one repeated almost weekly among Palestinians living in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Israel.
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No trace of Rofayda or her brothers remains in the family home. Qaoud says she ripped up all of their photographs and burned their clothes. The bedroom in which she killed her daughter is now a storeroom.
Erasing the memories is harder, she admits. She eases her pain by doting on her three children still living at home, especially the youngest, Fatima, 9, whom she lavishes with kisses. The children say they've forgiven Qaoud and return her affection."My mother did this because she does not want us to be punished by people," Fatima explains with a shy smile. "I love my mother much more now than before."
Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, The Seattle Times, November 17, 2003
Maha Akram El-Hamayda, beaten and strangled to death, June 30, 2006
According to information from the police, the pathologist report indicates that the girl had suffered a beating with a sharp object to the head, causing extensive bleeding. There were strangulation marks on the neck. The girl was examined and found to be a virgin.
The police investigation revealed that relatives of the girl had buried her. The police arrested the suspected relatives, who are under questioning.In the early morning hours of Sunday, 2 July 2006, and against the backdrop of the killing, relatives of the girl set fire to a car spare parts shop owned by one of the suspects in the killing.
PCHR, July 3, 2006
Nisreen Abu Bureik, killed, July 28, 2007
PCHR strongly condemns this crime, and:
Calls for a serious investigation into the murder of the young women, and for prosecuting the perpetrators.
Points to the recurrence of honor killings in the Gaza Strip due to the impunity granted to killers through reduced sentences, knowing that such crimes take honor killings as cover to get reduced sentences.Calls for deterrent steps against honor killings, which must be treated as premeditated murder, taking into consideration international human rights standards.
Palestinian Center for Human Rights, August 15, 2007
En’am Jaber Dierallah, beaten to death with a sharp object, August 13, 2007
The Center’s preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 18:00 on Monday, 13 August 2007, the body of En’am Jaber Deifallah (37) arrived at Shifa Hospital. The victim is from El-T’wam area in northern Gaza City, and was a mother of one child. Medical sources indicated that she was killed by beating with a sharp object on the head. The victim’s family informed PCHR’s fieldworker that one of the victim’s brothers killed her inside her house in a murder motivated by “honor.” Sources in the Executive Force indicated that an investigation in the crime is ongoing, and that the suspect is being pursued.It is noted that “honor killings” have increased over the past few years in the Gaza Strip. Deirallah is the 11th victims of such crimes this year.
Palestinian Center for Human Rights, August 15, 2007
Khouloud al-najjar, beaten to death, June 3, 2008
According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 23:50 on Tuesday, 3 June 2008, the body of Khouloud Mohammed al-Najjar, age 32, was brought to the Martyr Mohammed Yousef al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah. Her bruised and bloody corpse was transferred to the Forensic Medicine Department at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.According to police sources, a police patrol arrived at the house of Mohammed Hussein al-Najjar, in the al-Brazil neighborhood of southern Rafah late on the evening of 3 June, as the police had been informed of a murder at the house. A police officer discovered the body of Khouloud Mohammed al-Najjar, and the police immediately transported the body to the local hospital. Her father, Mohammed Hussein al-Najjar, was arrested, and during questioning he apparently confessed that his daughter having died as a result of having been severely beaten by members of her family for her “immoral behavior.”
Palestinian Center for Human Rights, June 4, 2008
Asmaa Mahmoud, beaten to death, 2009
"She has made very wrong decisions," he said.
"I started drinking then I got crazy. When I saw her I beat her. I smashed her head to the wall."
His sister Asmaa - not her real name - was 23, a university student, and engaged to be married to another Muslim.
As brother and sister they were close, yet Mahmoud says she made the unforgivable mistake of sleeping with another man, a Christian, and brought enormous shame on the family.
"I was telling her that she should stay away from him and she shouldn't talk to him because he was playing," Mahmoud said.
"He wasn't serious with her and he is bragging about what he was doing. I was so ashamed with my sister."
Mahmoud says it is hard to describe how he felt after killing his sister.
"I don't say that I wish I hadn't killed her, but I say I wish she hadn't done that," he said.
"I am really sorry for what happened, but I think even if I'm in the same situation now after this experience and she does the same thing, I would kill her again."
Mahmoud says he found a note belonging to his sister with several phone numbers and rang one to find it was a clinic that restores a woman's virginity through surgery.
He says that was the final straw.
"She was violating rules of the society. Why has she done that?"She didn't have the right to do that. She shamed our family."
Anne Barker, ABC News, September 20, 2010
Sufian, Miriam & Jawhar Olaiwa, shot to death, April 2009
Yousef Abdul Wahab, Chief of the Police Criminal Investigation Bureau in Gaza, told PCHR that the crimes were related to so-called 'family honor'.These killings, PCHR said, are a sign of a resurgence in so-called honor killings. The Center called for these killings to be prosecuted as murders, and for the Palestinian judicial system not to hand out reduced sentences to perpetrators who claim reasons of "family honor."
Ma'an News, April 13, 2009
Rihab Al-Hazim, killed, April 13, 2009
According to information collected by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), 28-year-old Rihab Al-Hazin, from An-Nusseirat Refugee Camp was killed by her 21-year-old brother, who told police he killed his sister to 'maintain family honor.'Al-Hazin's body was brought to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in the city of Deir Al-Balah at 3am on Monday, according to PCHR. The body was then referred to the forensic medicine department at Ash-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.
Ma'an News, April 13, 2009
Halimah Ahmad Ash-Sheikh, stabbed to death, May 12, 2009
According to Palestinian Authority security spokesperson Major Adnan Ad-Dimeiri, the alleged murderer of 30-year-old Halimah Ahmad Ash-Sheikh was arrested on evidence that he was responsible for the killing.
Ad-Dimeiri also said that the suspected confessed to the charges, and said that he killed her for reasons of so-called "family honor."Ad-Dimeiri said that, according to his affidavit, the suspect rented a car, drove his aunt to the city of Nablus, stopping in the village of An-Nabi Saleh to buy food, and stopped again to get out of the car to eat. He said the suspect stabbed his aunt and left the body in Ramallah, before driving home to the West Bank city of Qalqiliya. The suspect then went the same day to the police station with the victim's husband to report her missing.
Ma'an News, May 18, 2009
Fadia, tortured and bludgeoned to death with an iron chain, July 23, 2009
According to police in Gaza, the father, Jawdat al-Najar, heard his daughter Fadia, who had divorced in 2005, speaking on the phone with a man. He believed she was having a relationship with him. Police say al-Najar became enraged and beat her to death; her body was brought to a hospital where officials said she died of a skull fracture.
The woman was beaten to death in the northern Gaza neighborhood of Jebalya on Thursday night. The father called police and confessed to the murder.
According to investigators for the Gaza-based Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, the father and his three sons were taken into police custody. They said the killing "was carried out on grounds related to 'preserving' the honor of the family."The Palestinian Center for Human Rights, another Gaza-based organization, said hospital forensic reports show the woman's body showed signs of torture and that she suffered a skull fracture from being hit by an iron chain.
CNN, July 30, 2009
Rifqa ghazi 'Abdullah, strangled to death with a wet towel, November 27, 2009
The police initiated an investigation into the murder and arrested the 5 accused persons. Initial investigations indicate that the woman was killed allegedly to "maintain family honor."Sources of the forensic medicine department at Shifa Hospital reported that the woman was strangled by a wet towel.
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, December 2, 2009
21-year old female, beaten then hung to death, September 2013
It is alleged that the daughter was mentally challenged and was murdered after her mother found out that she was pregnant. This family honour crime occurred in the town of Yata, near Hebron, and the daughter has become the twentieth Palestinian woman murdered on the grounds of family honour since the beginning of the year.
Sources in Hebron said the body of the 21-year-old woman was taken to Abu Al Hassan Al Qassem Hospital in Yata. The woman’s remains were referred to Abu Dees Forensic Centre for autopsy.
The Palestinian Police and Public Prosecution claim that an investigation has been launched and that its outcome will be announced shortly.Sources in Yata and Hebron told Gulf News that the victim’s father and brother have disappeared since the crime was committed and that the Palestinian Police has been searching for them though the mother has turned herself in...
Nasouh Nazzal, Gulf News, September 15, 2013, http://gulfnews.com/news/region/palestinian-territories/mother-hangs-mentally-challenged-palestinian-daughter-1.1231303.