A stain on their honor

As Palestinian women seek to gain greater economic and social independence, the territories have seen a surge in honor killings.

February 12, 2014 11:42
Women demonstrate against violence against women

Women demonstrate against violence against women at the spot where Nancy Zaboun was murdered by her husband in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on July 31, 2012; the sign declares in Arabic, ‘Protecting women from violence is an official and social responsibility’. (photo credit: ISSAM RIMAWI / FLASH 90)

One late evening last September, following a quarrel over the phone, a man, who Thamar Zeidan had been seeing, crashed his car twice outside her home after driving frantically from the next town, while intoxicated, to go visit her.

The small, conservative, northern West Bank village of Deir al Ghusoun imploded with the scandalous gossip that the 33-year old divorced mother of two was having an affair with a man who allegedly frequently spent the night at her house.


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