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Palestinske kvinner blir i økende grad utsatt for mishandling og drap av ektemenn, fedre og andre mannlige familiemedlemmer. Dette melder organisasjonen SAWA, som driver en hotline for mishandlede kvinner:

The report, which was a group effort between SAWA and other organizations, showed that at least 48 women have been killed in the last three years in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as a result of domestic violence. Until 2004, the number of Palestinian women murdered every year ranged between 10 and 12.

Most of the victims were murdered for allegedly bringing «shame» on male members of their families. The victims’ ages ranged between 12 and 85.

Som om ikke dette var nok – et ektepar fra Ramallah er nylig blitt arrestert og siktet for å ha solgt sine to døtre på 12 og 13 år til et brødrepar som tidligere er etterforsket for voldtekt av mindreårige:

«What is astonishing about this case is the fact that the two girls were sold with the approval of their mother and the parents of the two men,» Hijo said. «This incident takes us back to the period of slavery. What is even more shocking is the fact that the two men’s mother argued that this was an accepted custom.»