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Jordan: 65% of women agree with wife beating over an affair

by Khetam Malkawi

AMMAN — Seventy per cent of Jordanian women accept at least one reason as a justification for wife beating, according to the 2012 National Population and Family Health Survey.

The report, a copy of which was sent to The Jordan Times, said that 65 per cent of women are most likely to agree that “if a woman has affairs with other men, it justifies wife beating,” while 2 per cent believe that a man has the right to beat his wife if she burns the food and 6 per cent if she argues with him.

According to the survey, conducted by the Department of Statistics, 38 per cent of women agree that it is justified for a husband to beat his wife if she insults him, and 25 per cent believe that wife beating is warranted if a woman does not feed her husband.

In order to assess women’s attitudes towards wife beating, 11,352 women were asked whether they thought that a husband is justified in beating his wife for each of these reasons: if she burns the food, argues with him, insults him, goes out without his permission, neglects the children, does not feed him, or has affairs with other men.

The study showed that 93 per cent of married women aged between 15 and 49 do not own a house, while the same percentage does not own land.

Three per cent of married women are sole owners of a house or land, with property ownership increasing with age and wealth, according to the study.

“Urban married women, those from the central region, Amman, and non-badia and non-refugee camp areas are more likely to own a house alone than rural women and women in other regions and areas,” the report indicated.

In contrast, married women living in non-camp areas, the northern and southern regions and in Maan Governorate are more likely to be sole owners of land than women in other regions and areas, according to the study.

Moreover, married women with higher education degrees are more likely to own land or a house.

Koran Teacher Dismembers Wife for Not Wearing Burqa

By Daniel Greenfield

A cleric cut his wife into pieces on Wednesday for refusing to wear a veil and sending their children to school, police said.

They said the body was recovered from near their house. They said they found his confession on the body and had also recovered the weapon he had used.

Ahmad Aziz, father of the deceased Farzana Bibi, 36, said that she married Muhammad Sharif, 42.

Sharif led prayers at the neighbourhood mosque and also gave Quran lessons at their home. He said Sharif was short-tempered and would often beat up Farzana Bibi. He had been telling her to cover her face when she left the house.

Aziz said Farzana Bibi wore an abaya (gown), but did not want to cover her face.

He said they often quarreled over the matter.

He said he had not wanted his children to study at a school. Instead they should have gone to a religious seminary. He said Farzana Bibi had enrolled their children into an English medium school against his will. He said he had wanted to punish her for that, too.

He said he had been telling her to cover her face with a veil when she stepping outside, but she had not listened. He also wrote that he did not want to be responsible for her sins and thus killed her.

On Wednesday morning, after the children left for school, he wrote, he attacked her with a sharp knife, used to slaughter animals. He later cut the body into 10 pieces.

He wrote that he had deemed his action the best way to “punish his wife for rebelling against Allah’s orders”. He wrote that he wanted all women to learn from their example.

The Triumph of Illusion in the Middle East

By Shoshana Bryen


The Palestine Liberation Organization was created in 1964. Like most revolutionary movements, it wrote a Charter to define its aims and fundamental policies, including:

Article 17: The partitioning of Palestine, which took place in 1947, and the establishment of Israel are illegal and null and void, regardless of the loss of time…

Article 18: The Balfour Declaration, the Palestine Mandate System, and all that has been based on them are considered null and void. The claims of historic and spiritual ties between Jews and Palestine are not in agreement with the facts of history or with the true basis of sound statehood. Judaism… is not a nationality (and) the Jews are not one people with an independent personality…

Article 19: Zionism is a colonialist movement in its inception, aggressive and expansionist in its goal, racist in its configurations, and fascist in its means and aims…

Article 24: This Organization does not exercise any territorial sovereignty over the West Bank in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, (or) on the Gaza Strip.

Contrary to belief in some quarters, the Charter has never been amended and in fact, fealty to “armed struggle” (i.e., terrorism) was reasserted as late as 2011. In pursuit of its goals, Palestinian terrorism has killed more than 5,000 Israelis since 1949. Airplane hijackings; sniper shootings (including an infant in her father’s arms), bombings on buses, in cafes and in restaurants; little boys bludgeoned to death; children murdered in their homes in front of their parents. Raw anti-Semitism pours today from Voice of Palestine Radio. School children learn that Israel is only a temporary impediment to Palestinian aspirations and that killing and dying is the highest good.

This would seem to preclude peaceful coexistence with the State of Israel.

Yet, it has become conventional Western wisdom that the Palestinian leadership — bifurcated as a result of a brutal civil war, without an electoral mandate, beholden in part to Iran — wishes nothing more than a split, rump state in the West Bank (and Gaza), areas it previously rejected. And furthermore, in exchange for that, Palestinians will accept a) the Jews as a national people “with an independent personality,” b) the legitimacy of the 1947 partition (or 1949 Armistice Line), and c) Zionism — not as fascist, racist and aggressive — but as the legitimate expression of Jewish national peoplehood.

This is the triumph of illusion, required because reality doesn’t comport with the liberal, democratic Western standard in which every difference can be split. The reality is that Israeli fights every day against people dedicated it its destruction as a sovereign entity. Reality is ugly, so the West pretends we’re only a minute or two, an Israeli concession or two, a settlement or two from Israeli-Palestinian “peace.”

No, we weren’t, nor will we be. But it is through similar illusions that American policy toward Egypt is best understood.

Pretending the Muslim Brotherhood was a political party, pretending it had renounced violence and become a social service agency, pretending it would govern at odds with its Charter and founding principles, pretending Morsi’s virulent anti-Semitism and anti-Christianity would give way to multireligious comity, the United States deliberately bolstered the fortunes of a fascist, jihadist organization bent on the acquisition of state power to institute its radical Charter and punish its enemies.

In 2011, then-DNI James Clapper told Congress, “The term Muslim Brotherhood is an umbrella term for a variety of movements. In the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence.” His correction was no better: “In Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood makes efforts to work through a political system that has been, under Mubarak’s rule, one that is largely secular in its orientation.”

The Brotherhood never “eschewed” violence — when its leadership was being imprisoned and hung it made the reasonable tactical decision that announcing a determination to take power through violence would be foolhardy. Secular Egyptian governments in succession understood that they needed to stand on the neck of the Brotherhood because it was not going to give up and was not going to disappear. President Obama invited Brotherhood representatives to the now-discredited Cairo Speech in 2009, over the objection of President Mubarak. He treated it as if was one among many parties entitled to a seat at the table of governance in Egypt.

But the Brotherhood, like the PLO, was unwilling to accept only a seat — it had designs on the table, the kitchen, and the living room.

The administration made the same mistake in Syria, tapping the Muslim Brotherhood-leaning Turkish Prime Minister and the Emir of Qatar to bolster the armed opposition to Bashar Assad while the U.S. hid. Far from promoting what little secular, democratic opposition was able to emerge, Turkey and Qatar resurrected the Brotherhood that had gone underground in Syria after the massacre in Hama by Hafez Assad in 1983.

The United States has the Palestinian model from which to work: when a violent, dictatorial organization tells you its goals and the means by which it plans to achieve them, believe them. When they say they’re not democratic, that their ideology precludes a multiethnic and multireligious society, believe them. When violence is part of their mandate and they prove over and over that they are prepared to use it in pursuit of their clearly defined aims, believe them. They are not fit partners for the United States.

In Egypt, the fighting is not a civil war; it is the determination and requirement of the government to push the Muslim Brotherhood insurrection back into the dungeon from which the Obama Administration freed it. As such, it should be supported.



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