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Saturday, December 22, 2012 

Another honor murder in Israel, and police did not act properly

There was another honor murder that took place in a Bedoin suburb near Beer Sheva, and apparently, the police did not not act in time:
The recent murder of a 16-year-old Israeli Arab girl by her brother for the sake of "family honor" has many howling at the Israel Police for doing too little to eliminate the phenomenon of so-called "honor killings."

The murder occurred about three weeks ago, when 24-year-old Ahmed al-Assam slit the throat of his sister, Aisha, following a heated argument about her relationship with another boy. [...]

As Ahmed's trial got underway, his lawyer lambasted the police department for allegedly ignoring pleas by Aisha's boyfriend that her life was in danger.

According to accusations made, after her return home, Aisha's boyfriend tried to file an official report with police regarding Ahmed's violent intentions towards his sister. The boyfriend was reportedly told that everything would be fine, and that the complaint would have to wait.

Police officials responded vaguely, noting that they had contacted social services regarding the case, but could not take any direct action on their own.

Israeli authorities are often put in a difficult position when it comes to such cases. On the one hand, they are obligated to protect and serve all Israeli citizens. On the other hand, the Jewish authorities are typically condemned for what is seen as interfering in minority societies.

More often than not, Israel will be accused of trying to "Judaize" the country when the government steps in to enforce Israeli law and order. In the meantime, helpless victims like Aisha are subjected to barbaric behavior no one seems able to willing to put a stop to.
This is a sad reality, that even here, it's not all that different from what can happen in the USA, where the authorities can act cowardly when they have a chance to prove themselves dedicated to the value of human life.

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