Woman stabbed by brother in suspected honor killing

Police: Brother "very calm with what he did, and expressed disappointment that she didn't die."

October 11, 2006 01:29
3 minute read.
Woman stabbed by brother in suspected honor killing

Lod honor killing 298 88. (photo credit: Channel 2)


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A 24-year-old woman in the Upper Galilee was found lying in a pool of her own blood late Tuesday morning, and while Magen David Adom (MDA) teams and doctors struggled to save her life, police arrested her brother, who confessed to trying to kill his sister. Police said they believed the young woman had been attacked by family members in what is known as an honor killing, a phenomenon in Arab communities in which a female is murdered by her own family because they believe the woman's actions have besmirched the family honor. The woman's unconscious body was spotted by bystanders near the entrance to Sha'ab, where she lived with her family. The bystanders gathered around the body and called MDA, who rushed the young woman in critical condition to Nahariya's Western Galilee Medical Center. Medical workers said the young woman had been slashed across the back of her neck but the blade had apparently become stuck in her spine, preventing any deeper injury or decapitation but leaving "half her neck open." They added that had the same depth of cut been inflicted to the front of her neck, the wound would have been fatal. Doctors at the hospital said the woman was in serious but stable condition in the evening, and added that she had received several blood transfusions in order to restore the blood she had lost from the injury. She remained sedated and intubated, and doctors said they would not be able to assess the extent of injury to her spine until after she emerged from her sedated state. Hospital spokesmen said that could be as early as Wednesday, but until then, the young woman continues to lie in the hospital with no family members by her side or even in the waiting room. Police from the Misgav Station arrested the young woman's brother at the family's house and said more arrests were highly probable. Misgav Station Police Chief Dep.-Cmdr. Ilan Harush said the brother was calm and quickly offered a confession to police. With investigators watching, he reenacted the brutal stabbing and led police to the wooded site where the stabbing took place. Following the attack, police said they believe the critically wounded woman managed to drag herself to the main road to seek help. There, Harush said, she collapsed, and it was only the quick response of rescue crews that saved her life. "The emergency crews that arrived took the time to stabilize her on the scene," said Harush. According to Harush, the brother said the woman, who is single, was having a romantic relationship with a man from another village, an act that he believed brought shame on the entire family. "He was very calm with what he did, and expressed disappointment that she didn't die," Harush told The Jerusalem Post. Police said that tomorrow he would be taken for a remand extension in the Acre Magistrate's Court. This is at least the fourth instance of an honor killing in the past 12 months. In late May, police and rescue workers arrived too late to save a 24-year-old Ramle woman who was found dying, covered in blood, in the parking lot behind the city's Bank Hapoalim branch. Minutes later, police arrested the woman's brother who had fled to a nearby wooded area and was wearing blood-soaked clothing. During the initial questioning, the suspect admitted to committing the murder. Three weeks earlier, on Yom Ha'atzma'ut, the body of a 25-year-old woman from the Druse village of Rama was found lying on a path leading to the IDF's Area 100, not far from Kibbutz Ayelet Hashahar. Police later arrested members of the young woman's family under suspicion that she, too, was a victim of an honor killing. In April, five brothers from Lod were indicted with the murder of their younger sister, 19-year-old Rim Abu Ganem, in what also appeared to be an honor killing. Rim had angered her brothers by dating a man from Hebron instead of marrying a man they preferred from Ramle. According to police suspicions, the brothers choked their sister and after they suspected she was dead brought her to an empty orchard near Rehovot. She allegedly woke up and began to beg for her life, to no avail. Her brothers continued choking her until she was dead and threw her body into a ditch. Two of the brothers confessed to the murder, and one of the brothers reenacted the incident in front of police. In October 2005, a Druse woman was killed by three of her relatives for supposedly conducting an affair with a Muslim man. In a May interview, a member of the Shfaram local council, Khanafis Farj, offered justification for the murder, telling a reporter "what the girl did was something terrible and the result is in keeping with the mistake she made."

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