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Sunday, April 25, 2004

'Honor killing' in Rochester NY

Coming soon to a city near you?
Ismail Peltek, a Turkish immigrant, has been indicted in Rochester, NY on charges of intentional murder and murder displaying "a depraved indifference to human life." His wife died after being stabbed repeatedly and bludgeoned on the head with a hammer. His daughters, 22 and 4 years old, suffered fractured skull from hammer blows, but both survived. According to the Democrat and Chronicle, Peltek was concerned that his family's "honor" had been "taken" when his brother had molested his wife and 22-year-old daughter.
So-called “honor killings” of females are common in Turkey and countries of the Middle East, according to UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund. UNICEF defines the practice as one “in which men kill female relatives in the name of family ‘honor’ for forced or suspected sexual activity outside marriage, even when they have been victims of rape.”

In a February 2002 report by National Geographic News, Widney Brown, advocacy director for Human Rights Watch, said the practice “goes across cultures and across religions.”
Yeah, right. Ever hear of Methodist "honor killings"?

See also this article in the NRO, about honor killings and Islamic law in Europe.
Young women killed for dating. Limbs amputated for petty theft. Makeshift courts deciding the fates of members of local Muslim communities. The Western world has grown accustomed to hearing about the brutalities of Islamic law. However, these primitive practices are no longer limited to the remote tribal areas of Pakistan, the backward kingdom of Saudi Arabia, or oppressive, mullah-dominated Iran. Today, thanks in large part to a massive flow of immigration from Muslim countries, sharia law and medieval customs are becoming increasingly common in the heart of Christian Europe.

'LIKE A SISTER': On March 8, American Fern Holland (in center of back row)
stood with Iraqi women from some of the four women's rights centers that
she helped start. The next day, she, her Iraqi deputy, Salwa Ourmashi (front,
no scarf), and coalition press officer Robert Zangas were assassinated.

Read the full story at the Christian Science Monitor.
UPDATE: More from Rochester NY: Mohamed Subeh charged with three felony counts of lying to FBI about plans for suicide bombing in Israel . . .

Small world.