that an Arab-American girl was lucky to escape from an arranged marriage to a Muslim man in the PLO-occupied areas:
An Arab-American girl’s horrific story of being forced by her mother to become a teen bride to an older Palestinian man and her subsequent escape back to the U.S. has gone viral.
Yasmine Koenig was born in Chicago to Palestinian immigrants. Her father passed away when she was four months old and her mother moved with her and her two sisters into her grandmother’s house.
Yasmine recalls being six years old when her teenage older sisters left for the Palestinian territories to “visit family” and never returned. She later discovered that her mother and grandmother, a very religious Muslim, had shipped them off to get married because they were being too influenced by Western culture.
At 14, Yasmine was forced by her mother to drop out of school. Home all day and bored, Yasmine said that Facebook was her window to the outside world.
One day, she met a boy through the social media site and arranged to go to the mall with him. Her mother found out and when she told her enraged grandmother, the latter insisted that Yasmine too must go to “visit family” in Ramallah.
And she was forced to marry when she was just 15. She was fortunate to find help:
Yasmine eventually plotted her escape. She logged onto Facebook and told a friend of her predicament. The friend gave her the number for the U.S. Embassy and after two months of waiting, two officials facilitated her exit out of the country.
Yasmine faced her mother in court until the state of Illinois determined that her mother was an unfit parent.
And indeed, anybody that obsessed with Islam is unqualified for parenthood if they can't respect their daughter's right to think for herself. The girl is now attending college, and she's lucky to find a safe life now.
Labels: islam, Israel, misogyny, United States