Palestinian 'Honor Killings' Continue

Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 11:31 AM

By Ronn Torossian

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The world must join together to stop the important issue of Palestinian Arabs being killed. The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Women's Affairs reported this week that there were 27 “honor killings” in 2013 of Palestinian Arabs.
Generally, an honor killing is the murder of a family member by another family member for bringing shame or dishonor to ones’ family or community. The victims were believed to have been “guilty of "crimes" including pre-marital sex, being raped, or refusing an arranged marriage.
Under current Palestinian Arab law, these murderers receive preferential legal treatment as they are “honor killers.” The law on the issue (according to Palestinian Media Watch) is drawn from the Jordanian legal system.
Article 98 of Jordanian Penal Act 16 states perpetrators "shall be liable to a lesser penalty" for crimes they committed in "a state of great anger" following "a wrongful and dangerous act on the part of the victim." So, basically family members who kill family members because they think they are right get off easier.
I scoured the mainstream media today, and could not find a single reference to this trend of the systematic murdering of innocent Palestinian Arab women. Similar to the fact that the media largely have ignored the 800,000 Muslims who recently fled their homes after anti-Muslim violence in Senegal, the world is quiet.  
There has been no State Department condemnations on this issue, no United Nations resolutions, and no endless “peace missions.” For some reason, this Palestinian Arab blood does not matter. For some reason, 800,000 Muslims being driven out of their homes does not matter — Why?  
Could one imagine the media and Public Relations outcry if there was even a threat of an honor killing in Israel? When it comes to the democratic, liberal state of Israel protecting her people in the desire to live, the entire world speaks up against Israel. When Arabs kill Arabs there is deafening silence. When Israelis kill terrorists who seek to blow up buses and slaughter innocent people, it's worldwide headlines.
An absurd double standard exists against Israel. Decent people everywhere should demand justice for these innocent Palestinian Arabs who are being killed — even though their killers are other Palestinian Arabs.
Ronn Torossian is one of America’s foremost Public Relations executives as founder/CEO of 5WPR, a leading independent PR Agency. The firm was honored as PR Firm of the Year by The American Business Awards, and has been named to the Inc. 500 List. Torossian is author of the best-selling "For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations." For more of Ronn Torossian's reports, Go Here Now.

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