Palestinian tortured to death by father for 'honor'

She was on the phone with a non-relative male: Father


A Palestinian woman was tortured and killed by her father for talking on her cell phone, according to two human rights organizations.

Fadia al-Najar, 27, was at her home in Gaza’s Jabalya refugee camp talking to someone on her cell phone when her father, Jawdat al-Najar, grew suspicious that she might be having an “illegitimate relation,” according to two human rights organizations based in the Palestinian Territories.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) and Al Mezan said in statements on their websites, citing police sources that the woman’s father confessed last Friday that he had killed his daughter the night before. The police found the body of the divorced mother of five in the house and took her to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, according to Al Mezan.

Medical sources told the organizations that Fadia’s body showed evidence of torture and that her skull was fractured after being hit with an iron chain.

According to the human rights center, Fadia is the ninth victim of an honor crime in the West Bank and Gaza this year. The other victims included five women, two men and one child. Perpetrators of honor killings typically serve between six months and three years in prison, according to PCHR.