20 year old woman

January, 2011

by Maayana Miskin

(IsraelNN.com) A 15-year old Israeli Arab Muslim from the city of Kalansawa has admitted to murdering his 20-year-old sister. The teen said he stabbed his sister on Monday morning in a so-called “honor killing”--a killing in which the victim is accused of tarnishing family honor by violating the tenets of Islam or flouting cultural norms.

The teen and his sister fought on Sunday night. The 15-year-old strongly objected to his sister's expressed wish to leave the home more often and purchase a cell phone.

The murder took place the next morning, as the sister slept in her bed. The parents, who were out of the house at the time, returned home to discover her body.

Police were called to the scene, and found the brother covered in blood. “I murdered my sister,” he told them. The youth was arrested. His remand was extended on Monday evening.

The murder is hardly the first of its kind to take place in Israel. Several young Israeli Muslim women have been murdered in recent years for allegedly dishonoring their families.

Police believe the previous victim was 16-year-old Dalia Abu-Ghanem, who was reported missing in December of last year. The teen was allegedly murdered for leaving her abusive husband. Eight other women belonging to the 2,000-member Abu-Ghanem clan have been murdered by their male relatives in the past decade

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