No punishment for Palestinian honor killings

Except for the US, Panama, Czechoslovakia and some pinpoint Pacific islands, the world, as reflected in the United Nations, approves of "honor" killings of women. Yep. A month ago most of the countries in the UN approved changing the status of a group of Arabs calling themselves Palestinians. Retaining an important aspect of the culture, the leader of said Palestinians recently announced he will continue the laws that allow males to kill their wives, sisters, (grand)mothers, daughters, nieces, aunts who "dishonor" or shame them or the family with virtually no punishment. Shame is self defined; any excuse will do. The Arab news agency Ma'an reported President Mahmoud Abbas has no plans to amend laws that reduce sentences for suspects who claim an "honor" defense for murdering women, his legal adviser says. "Why change it? This would cause serious problems," Hassan al-Ouri told Ma'an, adding that such a reform would "not benefit women." Yep again. Laws protecting women, allowing...(Read Full Post)