Although a controversial congresswoman is blaming “toxic masculinity” for the murder of a 21-year-old Palestinian woman, a critic of Islam says the "honor killing" serves as another wake-up call to the West.
Israa Gharib was allegedly murdered by her own brothers for the “crime” of secretly meeting with a male suitor who had proposed to her. Their meeting was posted to Instagram.
“Honor killings” target Islamic women when male relatives determine the woman’s actions have shamed the family and its reputation.
According to Al Jazeera, the Islamic news website, at least 18 Palestinian women have been killed by family members in 2019, citing the General Union of Palestinian Women.
While the news service is known as an Islamic apologist, it acknowledges in the same story that the Palestinian penal code has “inadequate protection” for women and “lenient penalties” for men who kill them.
Despite that admittance, U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib blamed Gharib’s death on “ever-present toxic masculinity” and linked to an article that claims honor killings are a “universal phenomenon” including in the U.S. and in Europe.
Tlaib, who was born in the U.S., is Palestinian and has been a vocal critic of Jews and Israel.
Jan Markell, who leads Olive Tree Ministries, says honor killings are the “glory” of Islam but the Left is ignoring the problem.
“Can you imagine the Western world,” she asks, “perpetrating an honor killing, where you kill a family member because they're not dressed properly, they're too westernized, they're dating someone you don't like?”
The Al Jazerra story also reported that demonstrators have turned out in the West Bank to demand justice for Gharib and to demand legal protections for women.
Gharib’s family members denied the allegation of murder and claim she died from a heart attack in the courtyard at her home.