Honor killing: A 17-year-old girl is dead after her devout Christian father killed her because she was dating a Muslim.
Sami Karra, a devout Christian living in Israel, allegedly murdered his daughter, Henriette, because the teen was dating a Muslim man and had plans to convert to Islam.
Haaretz reports Sami Karra decided to murder his daughter after the teen made a small cash deposit into her boyfriend’s account and telling relatives that she planned to convert to Islam.
According to Haaretz, local police report that 58-year-old Sami Karra told his wife Aliham the night before their daughter’s death that she should forget their daughter and “let her go to hell,” declaring:
Forget about her, let her go to hell. It’s not worth another shekel to even chase after her. She’s garbage. We need to whip her, throw her away like a dog and see how she does. She’s already gone. I’m sick of her and you.
Perhaps more important, Haaretz notes:
In the course of the investigation, Henriette’s mother told the police her husband felt humiliated by his daughter’s behavior and saw it as an affront to the “family’s honor.”
In other words, this was an honor killing, except in this case the father was not a Muslim, but a Christian.
The “honor killing” occurred on June 13, a day after Henriette graduated from high school. According to reports she was found dead in the kitchen of her Ramle home with stab wounds on her neck.
A week prior to her death, she went to the police and filed a complaint about domestic violence. Henriette said she was worried for her life, and asked the authorities for protection. Yet despite the cry for help, and confirmed past instances of domestic violence against the daughter by the father, Henriette was killed.
About the criminal indictment against the father, the Jerusalem Post reports:
According to the indictment, Henriette’s actions in the defendant’s view “damaged the honor of the family and made [Sami Kara] feel ashamed.”
“The defendant decided to cause the death of the deceased and in order to realize his goal he was equipped with a knife. The defendant stabbed the deceased three times, causing her death on the spot…”
Bottom line: Religion poisons everything.