A stunning video posted on the Internet is evidence that revenge and honor killings are on the increase in Egypt, according to an expert on the region.
Middle East analyst Theodore Shoebat, the son of former terrorist Walid Shoebat, says the killing is related to the Islamic practice of honor killing.
Shoebat says the killing itself is out of revenge, but it can be labeled an honor killing.
“It’s a revenge killing, a type of honor killing nevertheless,” Shoebat said, explaining that the man was doing the killing to restore honor to his family.
“The reports from the Middle East say that the killer slaughtered the woman because she was the mother of a man who had killed his brother a year ago,” Shoebat said.
“Her house was attacked by the perpetrator at an earlier time, so she went into hiding. But, when she had [gone] to the butcher shop, wearing a burka so that no one would recognize her, she was recognized by somebody who had then told the [perpetrator],” Shoebat said.
Shoebat says the video of the killing shows it was in broad daylight, and in front of a crowd.
“The [perpetrator] took a knife and slaughtered her in broad day light so that everyone in the neighborhood could see. The reason why the people consented to the killing is because of the Near Eastern culture of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,” Shoebat said.
Center for Security Policy analyst and senior fellow Clare Lopez says vigilante actions like this will become more common in a Shariah-compliant Egypt.
“Unfortunately for women, Copts, and other non-Muslim minorities in Egypt, this is not some extraordinary, unheard of sort of attack,” Lopez said.
“Islamic law (Shariah), which Egypt’s new Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi and his Ikhwan cohorts want to enforce strictly throughout Egypt, mandates that a woman’s status is only one-half that of a male Muslim’s and that she must submit to him in all things. According to the Quran and Islamic law, the Muslim husband has the right to beat her, rape her, marry other women, and have sex with as many prisoners of war and slave concubines as he can get his hands on,” Lopez said.
“Reportedly, this woman is being stabbed to death in front of an approving crowd of other men in revenge for a killing attributed to her son. While revenge killing of this sort is not in accord with Islamic law (which requires that accused murderers be brought before a judge), it is a cultural practice that may be on the rise in Egypt as 7th century norms championed by the Muslim Brotherhood once again motivate those like these villagers to take justice into their own hands, rightly or wrongly according to Shariah,” Lopez said.
Islam analyst and Jihad Watch publisher Robert Spencer says the video was truly terrible.
“This is a horrifying video, showing vividly the savagery of Islamic honor killing. Many Muslim countries have light penalties for honor murders, and attempts to stiffen those penalties are resisted by Muslim clerics,” Spencer said.
“The tolerance for honor killing within Islam is a global scandal, and many more women will be killed until the global human rights community acknowledges the real root causes of this phenomenon,” Spencer said.
Terrorism analyst Brigitte Gabriel said, “Welcome to Islam 101.”
Gabriel adds that honor and revenge killings aren’t really “Middle Eastern.”
The video has been embedded on Theodore Shoebat’s website, and also is available below. Please use caution in viewing.
"Honor killing is not a cultural practice, it is an Islamic practice. There are those who would like you to believe that honor killing is just a cultural practice and has nothing to do with Islam. That is a flat lie," Gabriel said.
"You do not see Christians or Jews who come from the Arabic or Islamic world killing their mothers, daughters, wives or sisters in the name of honor. If it was cultural practice you would see people who come from that culture practice the same as the Muslims," Gabriel said.
Gabriel says women's groups are reluctant to stand up for Muslim women because of what involvement in the issue would reveal.
"The reality is very ugly. This is why women's organizations in America are not saying a word or standing up in defense of this barbaric practice. Because if they start looking into it to solve it they will have to address the Islam issue and they are not willing to do so because it is going to show the true color and practices of Islam. I detail many stories in my book," Gabriel said, referring to her book, "Because They Hate."
Shoebat said he has personal knowledge of the practice.
"When my grandfather had disemboweled a man, he had to flee to America because the entire family of the victim were trying to kill him and his family. This is something that people in the Middle East allow and do not get involved in," Shoebat said.
Shoebat added that the woman was defenseless and had no one to intervene on her behalf.
"She was overpowered and helpless. She was slowly being stabbed to death and was screaming from the pains of the continuous stabbings," Shoebat said.
Gabriel says technology is making it easier to record what's happening in the Muslim world.
"Thankfully we now have cell phones that can record such horrible murders and show them so that the civilized world will see what we are dealing with when it comes to Islam and its practices," Gabriel said.
"For those who say society's equal, this type of video shows that those who murder their own (or people they know) in the name of honor have no soul and no conscience," Gabriel said.
Shoebat says the number of such killings will only get bigger.
"You will be seeing an increase in these murders as long as the Muslim Brotherhood remains in power. Shariah (which is eye for an eye) is on the verge of being implemented in Egypt," Shoebat said.
Shoebat quoted from the Quran: "And we prescribed for them therein: The life for the life, and the eye for the eye, and the nose for the nose, and the ear for the ear, and the tooth for the tooth, and for wounds retaliation. But whoso forgoeth it (in the way of charity) it shall be expiation for him. Whoso judgeth not by that which Allah hath revealed: such are wrong-doers."
"I know this is true because just yesterday, I wrote a report on a video released yesterday showing the president of the Supreme Judicial Council of Egypt, Hossam Ghariani, demanding for Shariah," Shoebat said.
Gabriel predicts more revenge and honor killings will take place in Western countries soon.
"We are seeing more and more of this honor killing rising in Western countries due to the rise of Islamic immigration and settlement. We have already seen four at least in America in the name of honor not to mention the cases in Canada and the many cases in Europe. In England the British police reopened 105 cases of domestic murders now believing they are all honor killing," Gabriel said.