Sunday, July 27, 2008

Murder in the family: Honour Killings in the Family

As seen last night on the Fox News Channel, courtesy of Fox News:

The United Nations estimates that as many as 5,000 women are murdered in
such honor killings each year for offenses like immodesty or refusing an
arranged marriage. They may be on the rise in the U.S., as seen anecdotally in
Kanwal's death and a handful of other prominent attacks:

• Fifty-year-old Yaser Abdel Said became the focus of a massive manhunt
after he allegedly killed his teenage daughters Sarah and Amina — for dating
boys against his will. Relatives say he tried to marry off Amina in his native
Egypt when she was 16, and he hasn't been seen since the girls were shot to
death on New Year's Day.
• Zein Isa, a Palestinian terrorist who lived in St. Louis, was convicted
of killing his daughter Palestina in 1989. Investigators say he was furious she
had a black boyfriend, went to a school dance and got a job at Wendy's.
Palestina's mother held her down as Isa plunged a 9-inch knife into his
daughter's chest, actions the FBI picked up on a microphone as they investigated
Isa for his terrorist ties.
• Waheed Mohammad, a 22-year-old immigrant from Afghanistan, was shamed by
his sister, who he thought was a "bad Muslim girl." At his mother's behest,
investigators say, he tried to "stop" his sister, stabbing her multiple times,
though she survived and spoke to FOX News.

To see more on honor killings in America, watch FOX News' special documentary, "Murder in the Family: Honor Killings in America," airing 8 p.m. EDT Saturday, July 26, and 8 and 11 p.m. EDT Sunday.

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