Some time ago, as you may recall, Pamela Geller took 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 was honored to be able to join Pamela in this effort.
However, Aqsa’s family rejected the grave marker we had offered to place at her gravesite, which only contained her name and dates and the legend “Beloved, Remembered, Free.” But then the Canadian town of Pelham passed a resolution to honor Aqsa, and to stand up for victims of honor killing. And now, after craven dhimmis blocked many attempts to construct a monument for Aqsa and victims of honor killing in the U.S. or Canada, Pamela has arranged to have a grove of trees planted in American Independence Park in Jerusalem, Israel, through the Jewish National Fund. There will also be a plaque in American Independence Park, inscribed “In Loving Memory of Aqsa Parvez and All Victims of Honor Killings Worldwide.” Pictures, details, and further background here. I think it is fitting that this remembrance of Aqsa should end up in Israel, a state that is on the front line of defense against the global jihad — against, that is, the forces that wish to expand the scope and power of the Islamic laws and cultural attitudes that led to Aqsa’s murder.
This is one of the first, if not the first, public memorials to the victims of honor killing, and it is a powerful indication that there are some people in the West who will never acquiesce to the destruction of life and memory that is involved in honor killing. I was dismayed by the amount of dhimmitude and fear Pamela encountered in trying to memorialize Aqsa, but not all of us in the West are cringing dhimmis. The grove and plaque, as well as the Pelham memorial, are indications of that.
Congratulations and thanks to my friend and colleague Pamela Geller, who had the vision, persistence, and courage to conceive of this project and see it through.