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Saturday, September 29, 2007
FATAH HOAX - Caught on tape: How a 16-year-old girl was lynched in Gaza by Hamas members and relatives

HOAX

From: Khaled Abu Toameh
To: imra@netvision.net.il
Sent: Sunday, 30 September, 2007 02:43
Subject: Re: Caught on tape: How a 16-year-old girl was lynched in Gaza by
Hamas members and relatives

Hi,

Can you please correct: we were the victims of a hoax. some
Fatah people misled us into thinking that the case was in
Gaza, while it actually occured in Iraq. Please remove the
story.

Thanks,
Khaled Abu Toameh
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Caught on tape: How a 16-year-old girl was lynched in Gaza
Khaled Abu Toameh , THE JERUSALEM POST Sep. 29, 2007
www.jpost.com
/servlet/Satellite?cid=1189411509737&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

After more than 20 years in the business, and just when you think you've
seen it all, there's always something that shocks you more than ever.

This time it's the brutal murder of a 16-year-old girl in the Gaza Strip.
Her crime: "dishonoring" her family. Of course, there is no way to verify
the allegations against her and other females who have fallen victim to
"honor killings."

The gruesome murder occurred a few weeks ago, when the girl - who looks much
younger than her age - was dragged into the street and handed to an mob of
angry young men.

Eyewitnesses told The Jerusalem Post that many of those who participated in
the lynch were Hamas members and relatives of the girl.

A five-minute video obtained by the Post over the weekend reveals the
savagery and mercilessness of the killers.

What's really disturbing is that none of those at the crime scene tried to
intervene to save the girl's life.

More than 20 young men are seen beating, stabbing and kicking the little
girl before smashing her head with large stones.

It's not easy to watch such a video. The scenes of the girl lying on the
ground as frenzied men trample her are unimaginable.

At one point, the girl tries to cover her head with her hands to avoid the
kicking. She then tries to rise to her feet, only to be stabbed repeatedly
by one of the men.

As she collapses, one of the attackers pulls down her skirt so that the rest
of his friends will not see her underwear. The girl is required to maintain
her "modesty" even as she is being preyed upon.

And just when you think the lynch is about to end, someone emerges from the
crowd carrying a large white stone.

He throws the stone at the girl's back as she lays face down, motionless.

Seconds later, another man throws a large stone at the back of her head. The
video ends with the girl laying in a pool of blood.

Mission accomplished. Hours later, a few local reporters sent a terse
statement to their news organizations informing them of another "honor
killing" in the Gaza Strip. Not a word about the way the girl had been
lynched. The story barely made it to the mainstream media.

I asked a Hamas security official if he had been aware of the incident.

"There have been a number of cases in the Gaza Strip in the past few months,
but we didn't hear about this specific killing," he replied. "In any case,
we are against these killings because we don't want anyone to take the law
into his own hands."

Needless to say, no one has been arrested, despite the public nature of the
killing.

According to the Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights, at least 11
women have been killed in the Strip since the beginning of the year in what
are traditionally known as "honor killings."

The most recent took place in late July, when three sisters were fatally
stabbed by male relatives in Deir el-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.

Sources in the Strip said many cases were never been reported, with the
victims buried secretly.

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