Cowardice in Face of Dishonorable Murders

Posted in Broader Middle East | 12-Dec-07 | Author: Judith Apter Klinghoffer| Source: History News Network

No. I will not call them "honor killings." There is nothing honorable about the terror campaign Muslim males wage against Muslim females. For it has nothing to do with honor and everything to do with brute subordination and much of it takes place within the family. In the 19th Century "Despicable imperialists" had the moral courage to fight SATI and SLAVERY. 21st century cultural relativists merely wring their hands and spout gibberish about respecting tribal customs. According to U.N. statistics, more than 5,000 women and girls are murdered across the world each year. Suspicion, not proof, rules.

Consider the latest headlines:

Almost 125 women were murdered (honor killing) in the past four months in Iraqi Kurdistan

According to its 2007 report, violence against Kurdish women rose 18 percent between March and May 2006. Statistics showed that in the first quarter of 2007, 15 women were killed with blunt tools, 87 by fire, and 16 from gunshot wounds. In the second quarter, the figures were eight, 108, and 21, respectively.

A report by Kurdistan's Human Rights Ministry said the number of women who committed suicide by self-immolation (setting themselves on fire) was 36 in 2005 and rose to 133 in 2006.

Muslims males do not kill only in tribal areas, they continue to do so after they leave them. Indeed, the more modernized the environment, the more vicious they get:

9 women from Israeli Arab (Muslim) clan killed for ‘dishonoring’ family:

Hamda Abu Ghanem feared for her life, but there was no one to protect her. Shortly after returning home from a battered women’s shelter, she was shot to death while she slept _ the ninth woman in her clan killed for dishonoring the family.

The 19-year-old’s crime: speaking to a man in secret. . . .

Her grieving mother adds a silent testimony _ wounds she has inflicted on her own flesh to mirror the places she says her own son’s bullets pierced his sister’s body.

Then, comes the latest: Father killed 16 year old daughter for not wearing hijab:

"She wanted to go different ways than her family wanted to go, and she wanted to make her own path, but he (her father) wouldn't let her," one of her classmates told public broadcaster CBC.
"She loved clothes," another of her friends, Dominiquia Holmes-Thompson, told the daily Toronto Star. "She just wanted to show her beauty ... She just wanted to dress like us, just like a normal person."

According to her friends, Aqsa had worn the hijab at school last year, but rebelled in recent months.

They said she would leave home wearing a hijab and loose-fitting clothes, but would take off her head scarf and change into tighter garments at school, then change back before going home at the end of the day.

Such a "disobedient" daughter clearly did not deserve to live.

And the deafening silence of the Muslim community continues. And so does that of the world community and media. Just listen to the non judgmental reporting. It could not be more matter of fact. It is as if the top concern of the reporter is NOT to offend any one connected to the murderer; not to be accused to cultural insensitivity. The girl, her murder is presented as a mere tragedy instead of the premeditated evil it was.

Clearly, 5000 dead women and millions of enslaved ones are not worth risking "provoking" crazed Muslim men to pick up their guns OR machetes and go on a rampage declaring Jihad on disrespectful foreigners.

Or are they?! Our culturally insensitive ancestors knew the answer. We no longer seem to.