Progress in Syria: Kill Your Wife, Get Out in Two

*  Jihad Watch under DOS attack, again…

* Yeah! But what about Michael Jackson?

After an increase of “wife-killings… on the pretext of adultery,” Syria allows for tougher penalties for honor killings — two years in prison!

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Today’s PalArab news roundup July-5-09

Elder of Ziyon

Hamas Vice: A female Arab journalist was arrested in Gaza for laughing in public and dressing immodestly. Hamas has a vice squad patterned after the religious police in Saudi Arabia.       

Violence in Hebron, not a Jew in sight: Two unrelated murders in Hebron bring the self-death count up to 111. (There was also a clan clash in the Jerusalem, with one dead, but I don’t count Arab murders in areas under Israeli control.)

Tit-for tat PalArab accusations: Hamas accused the PA of arresting 14 of its members, the PA accused Hamas of smuggling arms, cash and explosives to the West Bank.

UNRWA summer camps accused of being too tolerant: A Hamas official slammed UNRWA-run camps in Gaza, saying that they were attempting to corrupt an entire generation of Gaza children into accepting Israel as well as teaching boys and girls together.

Gaza cafe torched: Returning to the days before Cast Lead, Islamists in Gaza destroyed a cafe which presumably did not meet their standards for morality.

“Pro-Palestinian Paris bookstore attacked” – Al Arabiya reports a French Arab bookstore was “trashed” by Jewish extremists, possibly from the French Jewish Defense League. The photo of the store shows no damage at all.

Wife killings, honor killings:

Syria has scrapped a law limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but “the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour ‘provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.'” Wow – two years for murder! You can serve more time than that for serial double parking.

Why is the penalty so light for honor killings in majority-Muslim Syria? After all, we are constantly told in the West that honor killing has nothing to do with Islam. So why can’t Islamic clerics agitate for stiffer penalties for honor killings? Well, because they are on the other side: a manual of Islamic law certified by Al-Azhar as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy says that “retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.” However, “not subject to retaliation” is “a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring.” (‘Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2).

In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law. In accord with this, in 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that “Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values.”

“Syria amends honour killing law,” from the BBC, July 2 (thanks to Pamela, who has some interesting information about Assad and Obama at the same link):

Syria has scrapped a law limiting the length of sentences handed down to men convicted of killing female relatives they suspect of having illicit sex.Women’s groups had long demanded that Article 548 be scrapped, arguing it decriminalised “honour” killings.

Activists say some 200 women are killed each year in honour cases by men who expect lenient treatment under the law.

The new law replaces the existing maximum sentence of one year in jail with a minimum jail term of two years.

Justice Minister Ahmad Hamoud Younis said the change was made by the decree of President Bashar al-Assad, following a recent increase in “wife-killings… on the pretext of adultery”.

The new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour “provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing”.

The legislation covers any man who “unintentionally” kills his wife, sister, daughter or mother after catching her committing adultery or having unlawful sex. It also covers cases where the woman’s lover is killed.

Reports say women’s rights activists have given a cautious welcome to the change, with one group calling it a “small contribution to solving the problem”….

Very small.

2 thoughts on “Progress in Syria: Kill Your Wife, Get Out in Two”

  1. Typical Islamic fascism, trying to shut up Spencer ‘s Jihadwatch by denying people the freedom of speaking the truth about the beast. Stay strong Sheik, like roaches fleeing when the light is turned on…keep exposing Islam for what it is by shining light on the ugly truth about Mohammad and his deceived followers.

    The whole of humanity depends upon it.

  2. What an insult! And they claim that Arab women have acquired all the rights! What rights? To be killed for having sex with men of their choice. How odd!

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