Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Rest in Peace, Noor Faleh Almaleki

Noor Faleh Almaleki, the 20 year old Iraqi beauty that was run over by her father because she had become “too Westernized” died yesterday at an Arizona hospital. She had clinged to life for nearly two weeks. According to reports, “Almaleki was walking through a parking lot in suburban Phoenix with her boyfriend’s mother on Oct. 20 when her father gunned the engine of his SUV and mowed down both women, police said.”

Her father, Faleh Hassan Almaleki, is in custody on two counts of aggravated assault that will be elevated to murder. “‘By his own admission, this was an intentional act and the reason was that his daughter had brought shame on him and his family,’ county prosecutor Stephanie Low told a Maricopa County judge earlier.”

This is a despicable act by a despicable man. The fact that an honor killing occurred in the United States is appalling in and of itself, but it is an all too often occurrence in the Middle East and other parts of the world. Violence against woman is a global crisis that I’m not sure our world leaders are willing to face.

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