Here is an extraordinarily informative ABN special on Islamic honor killing. It is essential viewing from beginning to end, but be sure to catch Darwin Jiles, friend of honor killing victim Jessica Mokdad. Jiles comes in around the one hour, 32 minute mark, and explodes the claims from some members of Jessica's family, that her murder was not an honor killing. Pamela Geller has a transcription of Jiles's revelations:
Jiles: I’d just like to say first and foremost, David, I’d just like to say thank you, Pamela, for being able to host this conference in honor of Jessica, from someone who actually knew her, who actually she confided in and who heard her cry, who actually witnessed the actual fear that she lived in. I just want to say thank you for that….
Jessica was a very beautiful person inside and out. She was definitely someone who really wanted to basically discover God for herself. She was someone who wanted to have liberties, like every other young lady that is born in America outside of the traditions of Islam are able to do, to pursue her own happiness and to pursue her own dreams. And I can say for sure, of knowing her, of hearing the issues that she actually faced on both sides of her family, she was very conflicted, and she lived in fear of even her life possibly ending up in this situation that happened, with her being murdered in cold blood….
She had disputes on both sides. And the very most disturbing thing that I’ve witnessed is the stepmother Cassandra pretty much parading everything as if, like, she was just her daughter, like they had this good relationship, this wasn’t an Islamic thing, when I witnessed Cassandra personally being wrapped up in her head covering as well whenever she would be out in public, and Jessica would wear it when she was with her family, and when she wasn’t with her family, she let it be very known that she didn’t want to wear it, that she did not want to be a part of this forced Islamic religion. She was very clear with that to me. And so Cassandra really is portraying a false picture. And Pamela has every right to place the conference to be named after Jessica in regards to this, because it was Islam that caused her death.
She was considered a rebel, from her mom’s – both sides of her family. From her mom and stepdad to her biological father and also the stepmother. The stepmother, Cassandra, is only a few years older than Jessica, so there was a very much conflict between the two. A lot of competition. Jessica felt she was jealous of her. She felt as if she could not be her mother. Because she was a peer of hers. And so when you have that type of turmoil on both sides, she was trapped. She didn’t have anyone, and this is where I came into play, of meeting her, and I’ve known her for close to two years now, of being in her life, when she lived in Grand Blanc, when she left for Milwaukee, and even when she came back.
Q: So you knew her – so originally she lived in Michigan, then she moved away, and then she came back. Do you have any idea why she moved away in the first place?
Jiles: From what she expressed to me, was that there was conflicts at home with her stepmother and her biological father. She was actually starting to date a Caucasian male, and it was some issues revolving around that, and there was problems at home. There was serious problems, and she felt the need, I guess, to express these things to me, this is not made up, this is not something that I’m just creating. From the time I met her, this was probably ninety percent of what she talked about to me. And being a person who more so felt her bondage, I listened.
And make sure you register for our Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference on honor killings on April 29th in Dearborn, Michigan. Register here.