Palestinian Woman Killed for Being Pregnant With Girl

| by Jill Stanek

From Maannews.net, May 12:

The confessed motive behind the slaying of a Nablus [Palestine] woman was the fact that the 27-year-old was carrying a female fetus, and not a male, Palestinian investigators told Ma'an on Thursday.

The woman, identified only as NB, was found dead in her home, and was later revealed to have been 3 months pregnant. She was already the mother to 3 boys and a girl....

Officers explained that they arrested the woman's husband, identified as SB, following the discovery of defensive scratch wounds on his body, matching evidence of blood found under the young mother's nails.

Witnesses reportedly told police that a similar attempt on NB's life had been made during her 1st pregnancy, when the woman was carrying her eldest daughter. Relatives of the woman said SB was envious of his brother, who had 9 sons. Following the news of the gender of the fetus, family members told police the woman reported regular beatings, in what she allegedly said was an attempt to terminate the pregnancy.

Major Raed Assaf, head of the Nablus investigations, told Ma'an the murder is a result of numerous differences between the couple but he refused to reveal any more details. He said the investigations were not done yet and the murderer was transferred to the general prosecution.

The Elder of Ziyon blog noted:

By my count, this is the 11th woman murdered in the PalArab territories this year.

According to Wikipedia:

Today, the city's population is predominantly Muslim, with small Christian and Samaritan minorities.

Hm, I wonder... not.