LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - It's estimated that between 2007 and 2010, 29 women in the West Bank were officially reported murdered in the name of honor. The actual number of slain women there is believed to be far higher, as the Palestinian Interior Ministry refuses to divulge exact statistics on honor killings.Classic taqqiya in motion. See this page for some of the research on how the Koran does justify honor killings, including acts of violence like stoning to death.
The West Bank has a population of about four million, and Gaza about 1.5 million.
"Thirteen Palestinian women were (known) murdered in the Palestinian Territories in 2012 in so-called 'honor killings'," Soraida Hussein from the Palestinian Women's Affairs Technical Committee says. The committee is an advisory group to the Palestinian Legislative Council.
"The majority of these murders had nothing to do with protecting the honor of families. They were carried out for various criminal reasons. Often women are killed during family or financial disputes, and then the men claim the honor killing defense to get reduced sentences," Hussein says.
Palestinian law in the West Bank is based on Articles 97 to 100 of the Jordanian Penal Code, which reduces sentences for any act of battery or murder committed in a "state of rage." Sentences for men found guilty of killing female relatives in crimes of passion in Gaza also reduces sentences relating to declared sexual indiscretion and family honor.
According to the Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counseling in Ramallah, only a small minority of men who carry out these murders are ever convicted. When they are the sentences are generally a few months.
While some these killings hide behind the skirts of religion, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says that this is utter nonsense.
"Nowhere in the Quran is the murder of anybody justified on the basis of sexual indiscretion or rage. Our organization is supported by religious leaders from various backgrounds who condemn these murders and in fact call for stronger penalties against the perpetrators."
There is no honor in any of these abominations. There's only obscenity and contempt for God's belief in the value of human life.