100% rise in Palestinian "family honor" killings
Palestinian Media Watch
According to a senior official in the PA Ministry of Women's Affairs, there has been a 100% rise in the number of Palestinian women murdered in the name of "family honor." The official also complained that PA leader Abbas has not fulfilled his pledge to change PA law, which currently protects the murderers of women who were killed because of so-called "family honor":
"Director of Coordination in the Ministry of Women's Affairs Nabila Rizq revealed that the number of women who were murdered in 2013 in Palestine due to 'family honor' rose to 27, compared to 13 women murdered in 2012... Rizq said the loophole in the penal code -- specifically the extenuating circumstances and circumstances which permit [murder] -- gives the criminal an excuse to commit his crime, and she asserted that three years ago a demand was submitted to President Mahmoud Abbas to remove this clause because it exempts the criminal from punishment."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 3, 2014]