“Tonight You Die, Rofayda”

“Tonight You Die, Rofayda”
Vol: 26 Issue: 18 Tuesday, November 18, 2003

An Israeli girl was murdered by her mother to avenge the family honor after the girl was raped and impregnated by her two brothers. The killing didn’t raise many eyebrows among her neighbors and she is not expected to face harsh sentencing. Such events are routine among the Jews.

Ok, try this. A Christian girl murdered by her mother to avenge the family honor after the girl was raped and impregnated by her two brothers. The killing didn’t raise many eyebrows among her neighbors and she is not expected to face harsh sentencing. Such events are routine among Christians.

OK, so you’re awake, now. Let me try ONE more time. A Palestinian girl murdered by her mother to avenge the family honor after the girl was raped and impregnated by her two brothers. The killing didn’t raise many eyebrows among her neighbors and she is not expected to face harsh sentencing. Such events are routine among Muslims. And this story is on the level.

Honor killings, as they are known, ARE routine among Muslims. They are unheard of among Christians and Jews.

In this particular case, according to a Knight Ridder report quoted in Worldnetdaily, court records show that Rofayda Qaoud was raped by her brothers, Fahdi, 22, and Ali, 20, in a bedroom they shared in the family’s three-room house in the town of Abu Qash in the West Bank. When her mother found she had become pregnant, she insisted her daughter commit suicide, and even bought the unwed teen a razor so she could slash her own wrists. When the daughter refused, Amira Abu Hanhan Qaoud took matters into her own hands and murdered Rofayda to restore her family’s “honor.”

Entering her sleeping daughter’s bedroom last Jan. 27 with a plastic bag, razor and wooden stick, reports Knight Ridder, the mother told her daughter: “Tonight you die, Rofayda.” Wrapping the bag around the teen’s head, Qaoud cut her daughter’s wrists, while ignoring her cries of “No, mother, no!” Qaoud then struck her daughter in the head with the stick to finish off the job, said the report.

Assessment:

The WND story also references a column written by James Emery called ‘Reputation is Everything’. Emery reports that the murder of women in the Middle East is an ancient and time-honored tradition.

“Prior to the arrival of Islam in AD 622,” Emery writes, “Arabs occasionally buried infant daughters to avoid the possibility that they would later bring shame to the family. This practice continued through the centuries. It may still occur today among Bedouins, who consider girls most likely to sully the family honor.

Several thousand women a year are victims of honor killings. Numerous murders are ruled an accident, suicide, or family dispute, if they’re reported at all. Police and government officials are often bribed to ignore crimes and hinder investigations. A woman beaten, burned, strangled, shot, or stabbed to death is often ruled a suicide, even when there are multiple wounds.

Many women are killed and buried in unmarked graves; their very existence is removed from community and clan records. The fact that so many murders go unreported is indicative of the status of women and the role of culture in fundamentalist Islamic countries.

“It shows that women are still sometimes seen as commodities that are owned by men,” says Carolyn Hannan, director of the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women.”

In one case, a Palestinian boy admitted to reciting the Koran while strangling his sister for dishonoring her family. (The girl was killed because her desire for independence became public knowledge).

Honor killings are accorded special status in Islamic courts. Men convicted of premeditated murder may be imprisoned for as little as three to six months. Upon their release, friends and relatives treat them like celebrities.

Ahmed, a Palestinian boy who killed his teenage sister because she refused an arranged marriage, was commended upon his release from jail. Neighbors showered him with compliments, and his father called him a hero for restoring the family honor.

A sixteen-year-old boy killed his divorced mother, stabbing her repeatedly as he chased her into the street. The boy told authorities he was upset because neighbors were gossiping about her allegedly immoral behavior.

Palestinian newspapers include advertisements placed by families who are looking for female relatives accused of immoral behavior.

“When they find her, they’ll kill her,” Emery quotes Jameel, a Palestinian businessman, “because the whole family wants the girl dead.”

The community is warned not to interfere, not to hide the woman.

Women who are accused of inappropriate behavior are often locked up by authorities to protect them from their families. Once imprisoned, they can only be released to a male family member, who must first agree not to kill them.

According to Emery, “Regardless of assurances, women are often murdered within hours of their discharge. Fayez Mohammed secured the release of his seventeen-year-old daughter, Lamis, from a Jordanian detention center where she was staying for her protection. He guaranteed her safety and then slit her throat. Fayez was sentenced to nine months in prison for the crime.”

Although Emery’s research focused on honor killings among the Palestinians, the same can be said of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iran and other Islamic strongholds.

On September 17, 2001, five days after the attacks on New York and Washington, President Bush addressed the Washington DC Islamic Center.

In his speech, the President said this; “The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. . . When we think of Islam we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. Billions of people find comfort and solace and peace.”

That isn’t what comes to my mind when I think of Islam. What comes to MY mind is the incredible accuracy of Bible prophecy.

Speaking of Ishmael, through whom Islam claims its spiritual authority, the angel told Hagar, “And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” (Genesis 16:12)

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Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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