I Bet You’ve Never Heard Of Omaima Jaradat

Omaima Jaradat face

Omaima Jaradat

On the same night when sixteen-year-old Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir was abducted and murdered, another young Arab life was snuffed out. Her name was Omaima Jaradat and she made absolutely no world headlines. There are a few differences between the two cases. Pick the reason why you think you’ve not heard her name.

  • She’s a girl, girls are obviously less important than boys right? [This is sarcasm for those unfamiliar with my tone]
  • There is a very obvious suspect in the case (her Arab and therefore not Jewish uncle) so this is a case of an Arab killing a family member.
  • Nobody really gives a s**t about Arabs slaughtering other Arabs (and especially not their female relatives). How many have been killed in Syria so far, can you be bothered to google it?

In fact the only coverage this received in English (it got brief mentions in Palestinian Arabic sources) were Jewish Press and Cherson and Molschky blog. Consider the fact that Muhammad’s murder warranted a statement from John Kerry (one that came out faster than his eventual statement after the kidnapping of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali).

So I’d like to pay tribute to poor Omaima Jaradat, sweet 16 and murdered most likely by her own family for a transgression I’m unlikely to ever find out more about. One of many girls killed every year by their families in Israel and one of thousands across the Arab world. What a pity nobody cares.

Much thanks to Magnus for help finding the images with his Arabic skills: the only sources of information on this are in Arabic.

Update: Khaled Abu Toameh via Twitter:

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  • http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com Elder of Ziyon

    Apparently, her uncle tried to steal money from her house and was surprised that she was there, so he killed her. Khaled Abu Toameh was tweeting about it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1319565172 Ricki Landers

      For some reason I highly doubt that. Until honor killings stop, Palestine will never have the full support from foreign countries. Education is key on this topic.

  • Comrade X

    Thank you for letting us know. May she rest in peace. May perpetual light shine upon her. May her memory be a blessing. May her killer be brought to justice.

  • ahad_ha_amoratsim

    Meanwhile, Arutz 7 reports that Israeli and PA doctors finished the autopsy of Mohamed Hussein Abu Khdeir. I’m half-expecting the PA to claim that there doctors found a mezuzah claf sewn inside of him, along with a note wrapped in plastic from the Yesha Council warning of more of the same, and that the Israeli doctors are covering it up. If they do, I expect the UNHRC, B’Tselem, and the US State Department to echo the charges.
    There are times I really hope that I’m wrong.

  • 12

    who cares about her, she is wearing that “Palestinian” scarf and I equate that with the Nazi symbol

  • mzk1_1

    It is because of the “malign” influence of the State of Israel that this occurs less often among IsraelI Arabs than Arabs elsewhere.

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