Honor killing of a 17-year-old girl in the “Northern West Bank.” At least the perpetrator was arrested. What kind of punishment he gets remains to be seen; honor killers have all too often gotten off very lightly. “Palestinian kills sister,” from AFP, with thanks to Twostellas:
Al Ayyam daily said the teenager was strangled by her 27-year-old brother on Wednesday in Bala’a town near the northern city of Tulkarem. Arrested by Palestinian security forces, the brother admitted he had killed her to “erase the shame” after her pregnancy began showing.
He also admitted knowing that his sister had become pregnant because their father raped her. Police are now hunting the 52-year-old father, who witnessed the murder, and has since disappeared….
“The police did not arrest or even question the father,” the group charged in an open letter published in another paper. Signed by the Palestinian Working Women’s Society for Development, the letter called on the Palestinian parliament to adopt laws to protect women from all forms of violence.