At least 943 Pakistani women and girls were murdered last year (2011) for allegedly defaming their family’s honor, the country’s leading human rights group said Thursday…activists say the government needs to do more to prosecute murderers in cases largely dismissed by police as private, family affairs…“of which 93 were minors,” wrote the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in its annual report. Seven Christian and two Hindu women were among the victims, it said. The Commission reported 791 “honor killings” in 2010.
("An average of 12 women are killed annually in the Palestinian Territories on honour grounds," has said Rawdah Baseer, an activist of the Palestinian Feminist Movement and head of the Palestinian Women's Studies Centre.) . Does anyone know really how many are killed?
The Palestinian Women's Movement is awaiting the implementation of the reconciliation deal between Hamas and Fatah, which will pave the way for a legitimate parliament to approve the long-awaited legislation which abolishes the legal clauses that allow crimes of honour. In an interview with Gulf News, Rawdah Baseer..."We resent those two clauses which led to the death of many innocent women in our land," she said.
…Because these crimes often go unreported, it is difficult to determine the actual number of victims in honor killings, but the Palestinian Authority’s women’s affairs ministry reported that 20 women were murdered in honor killings in 2005, 15 survived murder attempts, and approximately 50 committed suicide, often under coercion, for shaming the family.
That surely is a human rights concern. Will it be attended to, amongother issues?
But more than the hypocrisy, it was this line from an AP report drew my undivided and unpartitioned attention:
Some 300,000 Israelis live in settlements in the West Bank, an area Palestinians claim as part of a state. Israel says the issue must be resolved in peace talks.
In 2010, the Palestinian people celebrated 10,000 years since the creation of the first Palestinian town of Jericho which was before Judaism, Christianity, and the arrival of Islam in the region.
I think I can ask don't we have a right not to have historically false narratives bandied about, incorrect data distributed? The basic human right not to be de-humanized as a people, as a national group with a 3000-year link to our homeland, our legacy, our heritage?
After all, that same august body, on the same day, discussed action on the Resolution on Freedom of Religion or Belief, A/HRC/19/L.23, which “condemns all forms of violence, intolerance and discrimination based on or in the name of religion or belief, as well as any advocacy of religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence”.
Will that to help me, as a Jew, to offset Islamic "Temple Denial"? The campaign of Palestinianism against Jewish heritage sites? Their inventivity model of nationalism? Ridiculous claims of a “Palestinian town” 10,000 years old?
Is there any justice to be gained?
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