Thursday, 23 July 2009, Fadia Jawdat al-Najjar, 27, from Jabalya refugee
camp was killed allegedly "to maintain family honor."
to police sources in Jabalya, at approximately 09:30 on Friday mourning,
24 July 2009, Jawdat al-Najar, from Jabalya, gave himself up to the
police station in Jabalya. He confessed that he killed his daughter,
Fadia, inside his home in a late hour on Thursday. He claimed that he
found a mobile phone with his daughter and she was talking with someone,
which he suspected as an illegitimate relation. As soon as the police
have received this confession, the police moved towards the scene of the
crime and examined the victim's body. They found signs of torture on
her body. The police transferred her the victim's body to Kamal 'Edwan
Hospital in Beit Lahia, and from there to the forensic medicine
department at Shifa Hospital in Gaza city.
of the forensic medicine department at Shifa Hospital reported that
there were signs of torture throughout the victim's body, as well as a
fracture in her skull due to her was hit by an iron chain.
to PCHR's documentation, the number of people killed allegedly "to
maintain family honor" since the beginning of 2009 has amounted to 9 (6
women, two men and a child) in 7 crimes. One of these crimes was
committed in the West Bank, whereas the rest of the crimes were
committed in the Gaza Strip.
PCHR strongly condemns this latest crime, and:
Expresses concern over the recurrence of murders
against women in the Occupied Palestinian Territory allegedly "to
maintain family honor." Such recurrence may be attributed to the
relative impunity granted to murderers, who are often sentenced to less
than 3 civil years of imprisonment, equivalent to 24 months of effective
Calls for suitable deterrent penalties to be
applied to "family honor" murders. These murders must be dealt with in
the same manner as other crimes of willful killing, taking into
consideration international human rights standards. Many murderers use
the claim of maintaining family honor as a justification for the crimes
they commit in order to benefit from more lenient sentences.