a pair of star-crossed lovers..well, you know the rest
Here is bad a habit that muslims worldwide need to end: The honor killings. This time in the Westbank, and there is a twist: The Girl's lover was christian. Yeah, that didn't go well! It began as yet another "honor killing," still relatively common in the Arab world: a young Muslim woman was poisoned, allegedly by her family, over an extramarital affair. But in a twist, her lover was a Christian — and 13 of his relatives' homes were burned by an angry mob, all Muslims from the dead woman's clan. "As yet another honor killing". Hmm, don't you just love that? It's like a regular normal occurance now. The roots of the fatal feud lie in a love affair. Hiyam Ajaj, 30, worked in a sewing shop in the mostly Christian village of Taibeh. She fell in love with her boss, Mehdi Khouriyye, and for two years they had an affair. About six months ago, she got pregnant, and several days ago, her family found out. On Thursday morning, the woman was found dead in her family's village, Deir Jreer. Her family said she became pregnant from being raped but nonetheless welcomed her death — which they claimed was suicide — as a just punishment. They defended the raid on Taibeh, aimed at houses of her lover's relatives. But some Christians in Taibeh, mostly young men in the Khouriyye clan, said the attack's real motivation was religious hatred. "The people of Deir Jreer are known to be racists," said Suleiman Khouriyye, a cousin of Mehdi Khouriyye, weeping and pointing to his burned home. "They did this because we're Christians. They did this because we are the weaker ones." But then again, maybe it's not only an islamic thing. Muslims aren't the only ones who do this over there. In May, Faten Habash, a 23-year-old Christian from the West Bank city of Ramallah, fell in love with a Muslim man. Eventually, her father killed her, splitting her head open with a metal pipe. She was in a wheelchair with a broken hip, an injury she suffered when she tried to commit suicide by jumping out of her father's third-floor apartment. And you thought your family didn't approve of your significant other. Yeesh!