As order slides, Palestinian women face honor killings

Rights activists say such murders have increased as a result of the worsened security situation, and press for a new law.

From the Christian Science Monitor:

Jafra counts 21 such murders in the West Bank so far this year. There have been 25 honor killings in Gaza since the beginning of the year, says Maryam Abu Daqqa, the head of the Union of Women’s Committees.

“During these hard times Gaza is going through, it is difficult for women’s organizations to do anything more than condemn,” she says. “And with a lack of clear judiciary oversight, with the confusion created by Hamas and Fatah, people are taking the law into their own hands and directing their anger against the weak link: women.”

Other women here complain that religious leaders should be more vocal about Islam’s view on the matter.

“We haven’t heard anyone from any group go to the mosque and condemn it. If you ask people on the street, you’ll find they support it, and that the families are happy when they’ve cleansed the family honor,” says another women’s activist who asked not to be named. “I cannot go to the street and condemn this based on women’s rights. They’ll say whoever is defending her is just like her.”

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