So it shall remain, at least for now
Some time ago Pamela Geller began to take up a collection to provide honor killing victim Aqsa Parvez with a headstone — at present Aqsa lies in an unmarked grave, plot #774 in Meadowvale Cemetery in Brampton, Ontario. I joined Pamela in this effort, which was a chance to honor Aqsa personally and to show those who commit honor killings that we in the West will not acquiesce in their devaluing and destruction of these human beings, and attempt even to erase their memories.
As things have developed, however, the family has (predictably enough) been dragging its feet, and the fact that the Islamic Society of North America owns all the land surrounding the gravesite prevents us from placing a monument near Aqsa’s grave. Pamela explains, and sets out an alternative way to honor Aqsa:
First off let me thank all of the fine and decent infidels who contributed so generously to the Aqsa Parvez memorial fund.
Robert Spencer and I have pursued the headstone marker furiously. We approved the headstone back on December 23rd (here), The bottom line is that the family (her alleged murderers) has to “sign off” on it. We are still waiting for them to look at the headstone. Clearly they are the obstacle. We have tried to pursue purchasing a plot near, around or in the vicinity of her unmarked grave. The Islamic Society owns them all. *sigh*.
Here is the last exchange with the cemetery:
I just had a conversation with my boss and the conclusion is that the only option to memorialize Aqsa is the marker for her grave. We do not have a Memorial tree option and the land on Section 17 does not allow for a bench as you need a large open space for it and the section does not have that space.
Philip, The family is not going to memorialize this girl. She has shamed the family. Sharia law will not allow this girl a headstone. Am I to understand that if the family does not sign off on the headstone that the cemetery in this free, western nation will submit to the barbarity of a misogynist barbaric code and allow this girl to rot in an unmarked grave?
Yours in liberty,
I refuse to be subjugated by the inhumanity of these barbaric “customs”. One of my readers is scouting other locations in and around where Aqsa lived. I have also asked one of Aqsa’s close friends if Aqsa had a favorite spot. She wrote, “I’m sure we can plant a tree or ………… maybe start an Aqsa foundation against abuse towards women within the family, call it Aqsa’s wings or something… I’m sure we can think of something = ) Or if we plant a tree or a bench by Lakeshore in Mississauga to represent her free spirit and refreshing personality, kind of like the lakeshore in summer. The waves are always coming and going and it gives off the refreshing breeze.”
My preference is to plant 16 trees (Aqsa was 16 years old when she was murdered) and 18 more (chai for life) in Israel overlooking Jerusalem. I would love to plant a grove, but it’s $5,000, and I ain’t got that much green ……
I would donate whatever monies left over to Geert Wilders’ legal defense fund. Robert Spencer, who has worked with me on the initiative to memorialize Aqsa from the beginning, loves the idea of a tree-planting dedicated to Aqsa, and also supports donating any remaining money to a defense fund for Wilders.
Let me know your thoughts on this……………..
More on Aqsa’s terrible story here.