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Relatives arrested over suspected 'honor' killing in Gaza
Published Monday 24/02/2014 (updated) 26/02/2014 10:33
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GAZA CITY (AFP) -- Gaza police have arrested family members over the deaths of two Palestinian teenage girls, one of them the victim of a suspected "honor" killing, an official said Monday.

Authorities caught relatives of one of the girls as they were trying to bury her in a cemetery near Jabaliya, north of Gaza City, on Thursday, police spokesman Ayyub Abu Shaar told AFP.

The girl's father had "beat her days before her death," Abu Shaar said.

The Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights said a post-mortem showed signs of "torture" all over the girl's body as well as signs of untreated gangrene from years of physical abuse.

The rights watchdog said the girl was 17.

Police also discovered the body of another girl in the southern Gaza district of Khan Yunis in what could be an "honor" crime, Abu Shaar said.

"Her brother killed her, and the case is still being investigated. The murder weapon has been found," he said, without elaborating.

PCHR said the girl was 18 and had fatal knife wounds to the neck.

The group called for a "thorough investigation" into the suspected murders and to "bring the perpetrators to justice."

"PCHR calls on the government in Gaza to take the necessary measures to put a stop to a rise in (these types of incidents), and to protect women from violence," it said in a statement.

So-called honor killings, in which a family member murders a relative who is perceived to have soiled the family's reputation, occur periodically in the Palestinian territories.

In 2011, following the murder of a woman in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas pledged to amend a decades-old law under which those citing "honor" as a defense could expect to receive a jail sentence of no more than six months.

But women's rights groups said the amendment, which has not yet been implemented, would do little to change the situation on the ground because a judge could still decide that "honor" was involved and hand down a lenient sentence.
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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
24/02/2014 20:18
Any Palestine lovers out there taking bets on whether justice will be done? Maureen? Colin? Ian? Gabi? Mel? Why don't all of you hop on an airplane and go attend the trial so that you can offer your support to Palestinian women? Try it. Really. I want you to find out for yourselves what Palestinian justice is all about, and how much Hamas is supporting the values that all of you hold dear to your hearts and souls in Aussieland and Amerika. I dare you.

2 ) Arnold / Canada
24/02/2014 21:10
What honor is there in killing a child ?

3 ) Leib / Uk
25/02/2014 07:18
Savages.

4 ) Amused / US
25/02/2014 13:48
Brian, you're funny. The world isn't black and white. There are wrongs to be righted everywhere. People who believe in human rights do care - and work - for the safety and liberty of all people, regardless of who does it. That's what drives people to criticize brutality, violence, and injustice - not partisan prejudice.

5 ) Quiche Lorraine / France
25/02/2014 21:46
@ 4 So I take it you are unable to attend, but would wish to have your apologies recorded by the court. LOL

6 ) Wardah / Oman
25/02/2014 23:06
Firstly there is no honour in 'honour killing', it is murder. Secondly, it has no religious justification in Islam (or Christianity) & is a cultural practice. Men, women & children are murdered all over the world, not just in Palestine. People everywhere should work to eradicate violence, both in the home & outside. Education is paramount, as is the need to speak out & condemn these practices. #1 - Brian Cohen, as usual your comments are to be expected.

7 ) Andrew / US
26/02/2014 06:09
...and then just like the most recently departed ASA president, your going sit there with a straight face and say "One has to start somewhere." Right Amused?
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