November 7, 2006, - 3:07 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
It’s not exactly rocket science or a shocking development that the majority of Palestinian women experienced psychological abuse at home and that 23% suffered domestic violence. That’s from a Human Rights Watch report, just released.
Human Rights Watch loves Islam and Palestinians and hates America and Israel. So that means, the HRW’s figures are probably low compared to the real numbers.
More on this study of widespread Palestinian Islamofascist abuse of women:
RAMALLAH, West Bank — A new report presents an alarming picture of the abuse of women in the Palestinian territories, with police, courts, and government agencies failing to treat violence such as rape and beatings as crimes.
Human Rights Watch cited practices such as rape victims being forced to marry assailants, and light sentences for men who kill female relatives suspected of adultery. In a report released Tuesday , the rights group said families, tribal leaders and authorities, backed by tradition and discriminatory laws, often sacrifice victims’ interests for “family honor.”
And the problem is getting worse.
Predictably, terror-supporting Palestinian Prez Mahmoud Abbas blames his people’s abuse of women on Israel. Yup, it’s always the Jews’ fault. Didn’t you know?
But even extremist Palestinian “chick” (and former bedmate of the late Peter Jennings) Hanan Ashrawi says it’s the Palestinians’ fault and the abuse will continue:
Rapists who marry their victims are not prosecuted, it said, and such deals often are arranged by the families, tribal leaders, and police.
Even those assigned to protect the victims often push for such an outcome. The director of the West Bank’s only shelter for teenage girls is quoted as saying she arranged five such marriages in her six-year tenure.
Palestinian law is lenient with men who kill female relatives because they committed adultery. It also bars rape and incest victims from having abortions. Rape within marriage is not considered a crime, the report said.
Women’s fates are increasingly determined by tribal leaders or Palestinian Authority-appointed governors, rather than the overloaded courts. The informal justice system often is arbitrary and biased against victims, Human Rights Watch said.
Victims often are afraid to come forward because of social stigma, the perceived futility of complaining, and fear of inviting retribution by relatives, the report said. . . .
Some families no longer force daughters to marry rapists, [a Palestinian lawyer] said, citing the case of a 14-year-old girl taken to a secret shelter in the West Bank with her family’s support.
Hanan Ashrawi, an independent legislator, expressed doubt that Human Rights Watch’s call for a repeal of laws that discriminate against women will go anywhere .
“We don’t have a majority for reforms on these issues,” she said.
They support the bloodshed of innocent civilians. Of course, they don’t have reforms on these issues. If it walks like an animal and talks like an animal . . . .
“Religion of Peace,” baby. Yeah.
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