Are Islamic Honor Killings a Growing Threat in America?

Do Muslims kill cartoonists who draw Muhammad? via Are Islamic Honor Killings a Growing Threat in America?

With a Muslim family in Texas charged last week with the murders of a Christian Iranian activist and young man who they blame for converting their daughter to Christianity, some wonder if Islamic honor killing is a growing threat in America.

Experts had differing opinions about whether “honor killing” is a growing threat in the U.S. and if Shariah, or Islamic, law is the cause of such murders.

Clare Lopez, vice president for Research and Analysis at the Center for Security Policy, told The Christian Post, “People need to be concerned about this (honor killings) and law enforcement needs to be better educated and concerned as well.”

“As the Muslim population grows in this country, there is an increase in Shariah law, and incidents like this one will unfortunately increase. Not just in the United States, but Canada as well, Lopez warned.

In 2008, a father of Pakistani descent in Clayton County, Georgia, strangled his daughter for refusing to enter into an arranged marriage. And in 2009, an Iraqi immigrant living in Arizona killed his daughter for refusing an arranged marriage and moving in with a man.

In Canada, an Afghan family in 2012 was found guilty of murdering four female relatives because they were “dressing indecently,” dating a Christian man, and using the internet.

Most recently, Ali Irsan of Texas was charged last week with capital murder of Iranian activist Gelareh Bagherzadeh and Coty Beavers, his son-in-law. Nesreen Irsan, Ali’s daughter, converted to Christianity with the help of Bagherzadeh, and left home and married Beavers, a Christian. Ali Irsan’s wife, Shmou Ali Alrawabdeh, and his son, Nasim, were also charged with murder.

Lopez offered, “Law enforcement might see a rash of underage girls, if they have knowledge that the girls are Muslim girls and come to law enforcement because of a fear of domestic abuse or potentially being killed, they can offer better protection.”

But Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, a top expert on Shariah law and religious director of the Islamic Society of Orange County, defended Shariah law to The Christian Post, saying the honor killings are more of a cultural than a religious problem. “This crime or problem is something cultural and has nothing to do with Shariah law. The problem is the cultural settings of where some of these people come from and that is not an Islamic problem. This is basically an emotional issue rather than a religious issue, and a very small group of people are involved in that.”

Europe with its large Muslim immigrant population has seen a number of incidents of “honor killings.” The Parliamentary Assembly for the Council of Europe, an international human rights council, said in 2009 of honor crimes: “The problem, far from diminishing, has worsened.”

The U.K. law enforcement reported in 2010 at least 2,823 individuals classified as victims of honor crimes.

The Honour Based Violence Awareness Network (HBVA), which works at bringing greater understanding and awareness to honor based violence, estimates that there are at least 5,000 honor based murders a year, and at least 12 a year in the United Kingdom.

The Washington Post reported in 2014 that 1,000 honor killings occur annually in Pakistan.

In the vast majority of nations, data for “honor killings” are not officially tabulated and can only be estimated, but the Middle East Quarterly reported that 91 percent of honor killings are perpetuated by Muslims.

According to the AHA Foundation, which is dedicated to ending violence against women and girls, there are 25 to 28 honor killings every years in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Justice  is figuring out how to collect data on honor violence in the nation, and had said it wanted to lay out a plan in early 2015.

And right on cue, another possible honor killing as Dearborn man kills wife.

According to family and friends, Ali and Heba were going through marital problems and were in the process of getting a divorce. They had not lived under the same roof for a while.

According to a witness, Ali proceeded to enter his wife’s vehicle from the passenger seat. After a brief conversation, he pulled a gun from his waist area and fired one shot at her.

Ali then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.

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Texas: Honor killing Muslim had hit list of witnesses, investigators, Christians

via Hit List Found In Honor Killing Of Iranian Activist. h/t JW

Texas investigators have disclosed that they found a hit list in a murder case involving the honor killing of an outspoken Iranian activist in Houston.

U.S. prosecutors last week charged a Jordanian immigrant and devout Muslim, Ali Awad Mahmoud Irsan, with shooting the anti-Tehran activist Gelerah Bagherzadeh out of rage that she persuaded his daughter to go ahead and marry a Texas Christian man.

The Texan, Coty Beavers, was later found shot to death.

Prosecutors say Irsan orchestrated both murders with assistance from his wife, son, and another daughter.

They found a hit list with other possible targets of the conspiracy, including witnesses such as homicide investigators, and Beavers’ relatives.

Irsan’s attorney called the charges “ludicrous.”

He planned and executed the murder of his daughter’s husband and his daughter’s best friend” because he believed they had “violated his honor as a Muslim,” Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said on May 1.

The indictment resolves speculation that the Iranian government was involved in the 2012 murder of Bagherzadeh, who spoke out publicly against Tehran’s repressive tactics after leaving Iran in 2008 and converting to Christianity.


Syracuse: Muslim airport worker threatens to ‘get my gun and kill everybody’


via Syracuse airport worker made terrorist threat, said he’d ‘shoot everybody,’ police say |

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A contract employee at Syracuse Hancock International Airport was charged Saturday with making a terrorist threat after he said he would bring a gun to work and “shoot everybody,” police said.

Mohammad Salak, a 33-year-old employee of the company Envoy, hired by United Airlines to handle ground services, became the focus of an investigation after fellow employees relayed what he had said on Friday, Lt. Eric Carr of the Syracuse Police Department said. The employees told investigators with Syracuse Police, airport security, FBI and TSA that Salak made threats to get a gun and shoot everybody, Carr said.

Salak, of Gordon Parkway, had gotten into a fight with another Envoy employee on Friday, Carr said in a news release. Carr provided the following account:

After the two employee exchanged words, another employee overheard Salak, upset, saying, “They don’t know where I’m from. I’ve been in wars. I’ve killed people and killing somebody is nothing to me. I’ll leave here and go get my mask and my gun and come and kill everybody.”

Syracuse officer working an airport security detail detained Salak. He was then removed from his position with the contractor and his security credentials were revoked while police investigated.

No weapons were found in Salak’s locker. Police determined the threats were directed at fellow employees, not travelers or members of the public passing through the airport.

Salak was charged with felony making a terroristic threat and held at the Onondaga County Justice Center.

Minn: Terror-linked CAIR, Muslim groups want no part of anti-terror program

At least the parts focused on countering violent extremist Muslims.

How many millions of taxpayer dollars were transferred to Muslims and Muslim groups that now want no part of preventing their co-religionists from waging jihad?

Just like in Boston, where Muslim Leaders Boycott Obama’s Plan to Counter Violent (Islamic) Extremism.

Did they all just take the money and run?



Both Muslims killed in Texas attack were known to FBI, attended Phoenix mosque

via Nadir Soofi identified as second gunman in Texas attack.

Authorities in Texas have identified Nadir Soofi as the second gunman who opened fire on a “Draw Muhammad” art contest in a Dallas suburb on Sunday night.

Soofi, authorities say, shared an apartment in Phoenix with Elton Simpson, who was convicted of lying to federal authorities in 2011 and was considered a terrorist suspect. The two men attended the Islamic Center of North Phoenix together.

Just minutes before Soofi and Simpson launched their attack at a community center in Garland, Texas, the two men posted messages on social media accounts with the hashtag “#TexasAttack.” Groups such as ISIS picked up on the hashtag and posted messages of support for the two gunmen, who were then killed by a police officer outside the building.

“The bro with me and myself have given bay’ah to Amirul Mu’mineen. May Allah accept us as mujahideen, make dua,” was posted on the since-deleted Twitter page of an account titled “Sharia is Light.” Bay’ah is Arabic for pledging loyalty, or allegiance. “Amirul Mu’mineen” is meant to be “the prince of the believers,” possibly Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS.

According to his social media accounts, Soofi owned a carpet cleaning business in Phoenix, Arizona, and attended college in Salt Lake City, Utah, where records show he was arrested several times for violations including like reckless driving and unlawful possession, and purchase of alcohol by a minor. He also posted on Facebook about giving lessons on Islam at a juvenile detention center.

It’s unclear whether Soofi was being monitored by federal authorities. His accomplice, Simpson, was well known to the FBI since 2006 when the agency discovered Simpson was involved with a man trying to organize a terror cell in Arizona.

Shortly after the attack, one of Soofi’s relatives posted an image with Arabic writing to her Facebook page that included the translation, “O Allah, I ask you to grant me paradise and I take refuge in you from the fire.”

More via FBI knew of ‘draw Muhammad’ shooting suspect Elton Simpson | Daily Mail Online.

A former terror suspect has been named as one of the gunmen shot dead by police after the two attackers blasted an unarmed security guard in the ankle during an anti-Islam art contest in Texas on Sunday night.

Elton Simpson, 30, who was previously the subject of a terror investigation, and his roommate Nadir Soofi, 34, were armed with assault rifles when they were killed by a quick-thinking traffic officer after opening fire outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Dallas, at around 7pm.

The shooting unfolded as the American Freedom Defense Initiative held an event inside the building where caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad were being displayed. Followers of Islam deem that any physical depiction of the prophet – even a positive one – is blasphemous.

Simpson, identified in court papers as an American Muslim, had been convicted of lying to federal agents about his plans to travel to Somalia five years ago, but a judge ultimately ruled it could not be proved that he was heading there to join a terror group. He was placed on probation.

Soofi, named as the second gunman by the Washington Post, shared an apartment with Simpson at the Autumn Ridge complex in Phoenix.

On Monday morning, FBI agents and investigators could be seen cordoning off and searching the apartment, as well as a white van believed to belong to Simpson. Investigators are also reviewing computer records from materials found at the home.



Investigators also searched the car that the two gunmen drove to the scene and found luggage and further ammunition inside. Some of the belongings were destroyed as a precaution but no explosives were found inside the vehicle, Garland Police Officer Joe Harn said on Monday.

On Monday, Simpson’s father said that he believes his son, who had worked in a dentist’s office, ‘made a bad choice’.

‘We are Americans and we believe in America,’ Dunston Simpson told ABC News. ‘What my son did reflects very badly on my family.’

Ahead of the attack on Sunday evening, several Twitter messages were sent out, and authorities believe Simpson was behind them. The last one was shared just half an hour before the shooting.

As the gunmen got out of their car with their weapons, one police officer – a tenured traffic cop – shot both men dead, Garland Police officer Joe Harn said at a press conference on Monday. The officer used his service pistol to shoot the men, who were carrying assault weapons.

‘With what he was faced with and his reaction and his shooting with a pistol, he did a good job,’ Harn said of the officer.

‘He did what he was trained to do, and under the fire that he was put under, he did a very good job and probably saved lives. We think their strategy was to get into the events center and they were not able to get past that outer perimeter.’

In a series of tweets and links, a jihadist named as Abu Hussain AlBritani, which SITE said was British IS fighter Junaid Hussain, claimed that ‘2 of our brothers just opened fire’ at the Prophet Muhammad exhibition in Texas.

‘They Thought They Was Safe In Texas From The Soldiers of The Islamic State,’ added the tweet.

Check that. Uh yeah. The jihadists thought they were safe. Now they are dead.

State Dept trying to cover up denial of visa for Iraqi Christian nun

via The State Department Responds to NR’s Report on Sister Diana Momeka | National Review Online.

by Nina Shea

The State Department is apparently trying to cover up an embarrassing, politically damaging, and possibly discriminatory act. In an e-mail sent to me on Thursday, Kathryn Fitrell, press-unit chief of the Office of Policy Coordination and Public Affairs with State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, requested that I revise the text of my National Review article on the denial of a visitor visa to Sister Diana Momeka. I refused, and then on Friday — as the Department honored World Press Freedom Day — the Bureau contacted my employer, the Hudson Institute, with the same request.

DOS has offered no legitimate reason for us to comply. I reported Sister Diana’s account of a conversation with Christopher Patch, an officer with the U.S. consulate in Erbil, and now I am asked to remove his name because, according to the e-mail sent to me, he “did not conduct a visa interview with Sister Diana Momeka.”

But Sister Diana in my article did not characterize the conversation as a visa interview. Neither did I.

In Sister Diana’s account, Mr. Patch offered her a critical insight into the reason she was denied a visa: She was classified as an IDP (internally displaced person), presumably more liable to overstay a visa and settle illegally in this country, although she is employed in Iraq, teaching at the Babel College for Philosophy and Theology, and the temporary nature of the visit she has applied for is vouched for by the prioress of her community, as well as by a member of Congress and others.

The order of Dominican sisters to whom she belongs says, and I believe them, that their only member to resettle in the United States did so in 2012 — that is, before ISIS — and that she had a green card, which means she resettled legally. The Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena have an established, 150-year-old presence in Iraq and are committed to helping the remaining displaced Christians of that country.

In citing Sister Diana’s IDP status, Mr. Patch simply articulated the unspoken. But is there yet another explanation for her being blocked by the Erbil consulate general from traveling to Washington for meetings at which she was to report on the situation of Christians in Iraq? She was to be part of a delegation whose other members, representatives of two other religious communities in the region, the Yazidi and the Shia Turkmen, were granted visas.

If Sister Diana’s IDP status was the issue, why were Yazidi IDPs granted visas last October? It so happens that every Christian survivor and eyewitness of ISIS’s religious-cleansing campaign is now an IDP or refugee.

As an articulate, English-speaking Iraqi Christian, who is not only personally a victim of ISIS but also an aid worker with a broad perspective on the suffering of the Christian community there, Sister Diana would make an exceptional witness.

Whether conscious or not of her high value in that regard, those who decided to block Sister Diana from entering this country on a visitor visa acted in a manner consistent with the administration’s pattern of silence when it comes to the Christian profile of so many of the jihadists’ “convert-or-die” victims in Syria, Libya, Nigeria, Kenya, and Iraq. In typical U.S. condolence statements, targeted Christians have been identified simply as “lives lost,” “Egyptian citizens,” “Kenyan people,” “innocent victims,” or “innocent Iraqis.”

Sister Diana Momeka meeting in autumn 2014 with the Reverend Johnnie Moore of the Cradle Fund and, to her immediate left, the Syriac Catholic archbishop of Mosul, Yohanna Petros Mouche. Photo courtesy of the Cradle Fund and the Institute for Global Engagement

That Sister Diana is a Christian IDP seems to be relevant to the consul’s denial of her visa application. It is why I think the State Department seeks to discredit my NR piece by calling her attribution of the quote to Mr. Patch “incorrect.”

Unrelated news: The White House has been doing a lot of lying denying lately. White House denies that it invited Charlie Hebdo staff to see Obama.


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