Another attempted Israeli-Arab honor killing

Sunday, March 16, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

Male members of an Israeli-Arab Mulsim clan on Saturday attempted to murder a female relative for having allegedly brought dishonor to the family by engaging in a romantic relationship with a local Jewish man following her recent divorce to a Palestinian Arab.

In the latest of three attempted "honor killings" over the past week, several men ambushed and shot 40-year-old Sara Abu-Ghanem as she drove to work in the central Israel town of Ramle.

The victim sustained light wounds to her head and neck, and was listed in stable condition at a nearby hospital.

Early last week, a Muslim family in northern Israel proudly hailed their son after he announced having shot and beaten his young sister to death for dating other men following her recent divorce. However, the girl survived the attack, and was rescued by an Israeli medical crew.

While not rampant as in other parts of the Muslim world, honor killings among Israeli-Arab Muslims are increasing. Female members of the Abu-Ghanem clan, which has experienced at least nine honor killings over the past six years, recently spoke out and said that many of the murders are never solved or properly reported because the families protect the identity the killer.

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