For the uninitiated, Mr. McLaren is a Religious Leftist leading the effort in righting the alleged wrongs committed by Israel against Palestinians. He and his like-minded cohorts are of the mind that Israel, and Israel’s supporters, are propagating a big lie as to the danger posed by the Palestinian people.
I applaud a heartfelt and sincere desire by anyone to seek peace and justice. There’s a part of me that sees that attempt as honorable and necessary… but reason, prudence and knowledge, especially of history and of ideology, must form the basis for that attempt, not naivete based on wishful thinking.
Yesterday, I covered the BBC story detailing the experiences of a 13 year old girl named Meena whose father and brother were members of the Taliban.
Today I bring you the story of Medine:
A 16-year-old girl was buried alive by relatives in southeast Turkey in a gruesome honour killing just because she reportedly befriended boys, the Anatolia news agency reported Thursday.
Acting on a tip-off, police discovered Medine Memi’s body in a sitting position with her hands tied, in a two-metre-deep hole in a chicken pen outside her house in Kahta town, Adiyaman province, 40 days after she went missing, the agency said.
A subsequent post mortem revealed that she had a significant amount of soil in her lungs and stomach, meaning that she was buried alive, foresic experts told the agency.
“The autopsy result is blood-curdling. According to our findings, the girl — who had no bruises on her body and no sign of narcotics or poison in her blood — was alive and fully conscious when she was buried,” one anonymous expert said.
Medine’s father and grandfather have been formally arrested and jailed pending trial over her killing, the agency said.
The father is reported to have said in his testimony that the family was unhappy she had male friends.
In honour killings, most prevalent in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast, a so-called family council names a member to murder a female relative considered to have sullied the family honour, usually by engaging in an extra-marital affair.
I find myself seriously struggling with a mindset that finds Israel to be such a danger when she is surrounded by those who embrace an ideology subjecting young girls like Meena and Medine to what they’ve been subjected to on a daily basis. And I think we all know that there are thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of Meenas and Medines out there in the Islamic world.
If you were able to ask Mr. McLaren and those who think as he does one question, what would that question be?
Please leave that question in the comments. I may actually have an opportunity to pose it to him later this week.