Family Honor Killings: Between Custom and State Law

Aref Abu-Rabia
2011 Open Psychology Journal  
In this paper I will review some attitudes and perspectives regarding family honor killings, mainly in the Arab/Bedouin population in Israel, Sinai, and the Middle East in general. What is the difference between sharaf and 'ird? What deviant sexual behavior is considered a capital offense? How widespread is the use of honor killings, and what alternative sanctions are employed? Under which circumstances are compassion and mercy exercised? What kinds of solutions exist for such cases? The
more » ... h also analyzes the conflicts that exist between custom and state law vis-à-vis family honor killings, and examines how court systems in Israel and elsewhere relate to murders committed to save family honor. The research illuminates the role of sheiks and the police in defusing tensions and saving lives, and explores how Arab leaders in Israel view and address honor killings.
doi:10.2174/1874350101104010034 fatcat:ndxvkr6eareo7hn4kodzja6tum