Woman murdered for 'family honor'

Her 18-year-old daughter was apparently involved with man from rival family.

January 25, 2006 10:02


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A 38-year-old woman was shot and killed in the Arab village of Jisser a-Zarka early Wednesday morning while she was on her way to work. It was suspected that the motive for the killing was family honor , according to residents of the place. According to initial inquiries, the 18-year-old daughter of the woman who was murdered was romantically involved with a man from a rival family. Police were searching for the shooters, who were suspected to be from the rival family, but were also concerned that riots would erupt in the village and deployed large forces to the scene. The two families had reportedly been involved in violent confrontations in the past due to the relationship between the two. The head of Women Against Violence, a Haifa-based organization of Israeli Arab women, an average of about 10 Israeli Arab women become victims of family honor killings. Of the roughly 1,000 Israeli Arab women who've passed through the organization's state-funded shelter for women fleeing violent homes, some 200 to 300 came there in danger of being murdered for 'violating' their family's honor, said Sahar Daoud, director of the Galilee shelter, which has been operating since 1993. with Larry Derfner

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