Saturday, April 3, 2010

Is Being Americanized a Capital Crime in America For Muslim Women?

Here is an in-depth study of the mechanics, family interactions and psychological aspects of Muslim Honor Killing in America.


Is Being Americanized a Capital Crime in America For Muslim Women?

Her mother was in on the honor/horror killing; her brother and a paternal relative knew about it — if not in advance then immediately afterward. Her brother, Ali, had begun to call his sister “vile” names. Ali also believed that she had “dishonored” the family. Her own mother, Seham, viewed her daughter as “dirty,” as someone who was living with a “dirty” woman, a “liar.” She even told her daughter that she was no longer her mother — that the “dirty” woman was now her mother.

My main question: Will the Arizona police haul in Seham and Ali as accomplices to this honor/horror killing? European courts have begun to do just this. Will America follow suit or not?

Kudos to Paul Rubin, who has written a long and excellent journalistic account of the Noor Al-Maleki honor/horror killing in a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona. Rubin obtained access to unreleased police records. I also tip my hat to Jeffrey Imm of R.E.A.L., who brought Rubin’s article to my attention.

Noor (left) with her friend, ASU student Sana Ameen

Allow me to draw some important conclusions from Rubin’s detailed account.

The honor/horror killing family will never tell the police the truth. It will have to be dragged out of them. Evidence will have to face them down. Even then, they will keep “spinning” the story. This was the case with the Kingston, Canada, mass honor/horror murders, and it is the case here.

Thus, at first, Noor’s mother, Seham, said she knew nothing, did not know where here husband Faleh was, had no idea how he had gotten away, did not know if he had tried to kill their daughter or not. However, according to cell-tower records, the police found out that “within minutes of Faleh’s fleeing the bloody scene, he spoke by cellphone to his wife, to their son Ali, and to at least two other members of his extended family.” At first, Seham Almaleki, who had been in California at a job, claimed that “all she knew was that there was a family problem of an unspecified nature.” When the police told her that her husband had “intentionally slammed into Noor and Amal (the older woman with whom Noor was living), this is all Seham said: “This woman is a liar. This woman is dirty. Her family is dirty.”

Not a word of concern about her daughter. The police “got it.” Therefore, when Seham said that she wanted to see her daughter immediately, they did not allow Seham to visit the hospitalized and unconscious Noor. Seham’s response? “I’m a danger?” Seham shouted. “I’m a Muslim. We can’t kill our daughter.”

For the record: I am about to publish a second study about honor killings on five continents in Middle East Quarterly, and it does seem to be a primarily Muslim-on-Muslim crime. Please note: The victim is a Muslim — which should appeal to those sympathetic to Muslim persecution — but alas, the perpetrators are also Muslim, which means that to mention this will be seen as “Islamophobic,” racist, fascist, etc.

Back to the timeline, the police records, and Seham’s lies. The police learned that a young man of Middle Eastern origin and a “veiled” woman had picked up a prescription for diabetes in Faleh’s name. Veils are exceptionally useful for committing crimes. Ali finally admitted that his father had called him before the murder to tell him to “man up” because his father would not be around any longer. And Seham finally admitted that yes, she and her son had picked up the medicine for Faleh — but that subsequently, “she’d thrown the pill bottles out of her car window, though she couldn’t come up with a reason for having done so.” (Faleh had his medicine with him when he was apprehended in the UK).