The honor killing trial begins in Phoenix today (Monday, Jan.24) of Faleh Hassan Almaleki, an Iraqi Muslim immigrant who killed his 20-year-old daughter, Noor Almaleki, on October 20, 2009, because she had become too Westernized.
Almaleki had crashed his jeep into Noor and her boyfriend’s mother in a parking lot of a state Department of Economic Security office in Peoria, a Phoenix suburb. The mother survived, but Noor went into a coma for two weeks and then died from her injuries.
After killing his daughter, Almaleki himself boasted that he had to take Noor's life because she had dishonored his family by her "Western" behavior. Evidence reveals that Almaleki had tried to impose strict Islamic codes on Noor and that he had attempted to force her into an arranged marriage when she was 17. These efforts at enslavement failed, as Noor fought to be a free human being and to establish her own personal sovereignty; she ended up moving into her own apartment, finding a boyfriend and working in a fast-food restaurant.
Almaleki was trained from birth to see the world through the lens of Islamic misogyny, where women are the property of men. Under the vicious and sadistic system of Islamic gender apartheid, women’s autonomy must be suffocated on all levels. With this pathological mindset, Almaleki became enraged seeing his daughter practice her own individual agency and he concluded that he must take her life. After Almaleki hit his daughter and her boyfriend's mother with his jeep, he fled the country, but was caught in London and returned to Phoenix.
Here are some pertinent questions to ask with the commencement of this trial:
Will the mainstream media cover this trial and voice its moral indignation about Almaleki's murder of his daughter? Will it have the courage to call his heinous act what it is — an "honor killing"? Will it deconstruct the Islamic roots of this particular honor killing and expose and denounce them? In other words, will the Islamic theological teachings that fertilized and spawned the killing of Noor be brought to light and repudiated?
Will the Left, which sees itself as the leader in the field of women's rights, be in the forefront of this effort on behalf of Noor, who can no longer speak for herself? Will it stand up for Noor, castigate her murderer as well as the Islamic ideology that inspired and sanctioned her father’s deadly act? Will leftist feminists across the country do the same? Or will they continue to betray, with their shameful silence, the millions of women who suffer under Islamic apartheid because, for them, "multiculturalism" and their hatred of their host society surpasses the importance of women's rights -- and the right of women like Noor to have continued living? In other words, will multiculturalism trump women’s rights?
All of us who genuinely care about women's rights and the millions of women who live under death sentences due to Islamic gender apartheid have an obligation to follow this trial and to voice what needs to be said about it. Hopefully, with our voices and concern, we can bring not only some kind of justice to Noor's memory, but also to the memories of the thousands of other honor killing victims — which include those on North American soil, like the Said girls (Amina and Sarah) in Texas and Aqsa Parvez in Toronto.
It is in the Left's interest that the murders of thousands of innocent Muslim girls like Noor, Aqsa and the Said girls, and the monstrous Islamic ideology that engendered such murders, are pushed into invisibility. For the Left, it is crucial that historical amnesia is imposed on these uncomfortable matters (i.e. the extermination of Muslim girls), for the truth about Islamic honor killing makes it difficult for the Left to pursue its top priority: waging war on capitalism and on its own host society. Indeed, if an adversarial culture and religion turns out to actually be evil, then we might have to admit that there is something good and superior about our own civilization and that it is worth defending. This notion is anathema and unfathomable to the Left — and it explains why leftist feminists like Naomi Wolf engage in a romance with the burqa.
Because of the Left’s agenda, therefore, Noor, Aqsa and the Said girls, and the millions of suffering Muslim women they represent, must therefore be sacrificed on the altar of the Left's utopian ideals. Feminist freedom fighter, scholar and heroine Phyllis Chesler has illuminated this phenomenon in her masterpiece book, The Death of Feminism, and has deconstructed how it has affected the way our culture deals with honor killings in her documented and unprecedented article, Are Honor Killings Simply Domestic Violence?
Pamela Geller, meanwhile, another modern-day freedom fighter and heroine, has stepped forward to bring a voice to the victims of honor killings by reminding us of who they were and how they suffered. All of us have a moral obligation to see her article, Honor Killing: Islam’s Gruesome Gallery, and to support her noble efforts, such as her honor killing awareness campaign, which posts ads on top of taxicabs offering safety to Muslim girls who feel their lives threatened by their families.
Let's not allow the inhumane and vicious leftist hatred of human life and callous indifference to women's suffering to continue to control the boundaries of our national discourse. Let's all stand up during this honor killing trial and let Noor know, and all those who loved her know — and also all those radical Muslims and leftists who want us to forget about her — that she is not forgotten and that we will respect her memory and fight for the protection of future potential victims of Islamic honor murder. And we will not be silent about the Islamic ideology that paved the foundation for the taking of her innocent and precious life.
Let's all declare with firm unison, loud and clear: We are all Noor Almaleki.