Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., is so steeped in progressive dogma that she opted to exploit what is being perceived as a honor killing to denounce “toxic masculinity.”
The “toxic masculinity” narrative is serving here as a convenient cover for a tenet of radical Islam that many in the Middle East adhere to — honor killings are not exclusive to the Muslim community, as Sikhs and Hindus are know to engage in the practice, but the overwhelming majority of honor killings happen in Muslim families.
Taking to Twitter following the suspicious death last week of Israa Gharib, a young Palestinian woman in the West Bank, Tlaib blamed the death on sexism and male violence, ignoring persistent allegations that the 21-year-old’s death was an honor killing by members of her own family.
“Isra’s death illustrates an ever-present toxic masculinity and control over women’s bodies and lives,” the radical Democrat lawmaker tweeted.
“Isra’s death illustrates an ever-present toxic masculinity and control over women’s bodies and lives.”
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) September 1, 2019
Israa was allegedly beaten and tortured by her brother, Ihab, a Canadian resident, according to the Jerusalem Post.
The attack reportedly took place in their family home in Bethlehem after she posted a video on social media with a man she was planning to marry.
Gharib was engaged to her fiancé with the permission of her parents, according to the Post, and supporters insist she followed “social protocol,” wearing a hijab and having a chaperone present for their meetings.
The brother allegedly claimed the video “dishonored” the family because his sister presented herself with her soon-to-be husband before the actual wedding — the father was said to have given the brother the okay to beat her.
While trying to escape the attack, Israa reportedly fell from the second-story of their house, which resulted in serious spinal injuries. But Israa’s ordeal did not stop there. While in the hospital the young woman was allegedly assaulted a second-time.
Footage was posted on Twitter of her allegedly screaming and begging for her life as she was attacked.
— nka (@nkalnassiri) August 30, 2019
Israa’s family denies the accusations, claiming she died from a heart attack, the Post reported.
The reaction online to Tlaib included some who called her out for not denouncing the Sharia-based method to enforce sexual morality within the Muslim community.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
You can’t even bring yourself to say/write ‘honour killing’, can you?
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) September 2, 2019
nothing she says is without an agenda, she is rather insufferable.
— IveydogSFH (@KKBubble) September 2, 2019
What does it mean when a Palestinian woman can’t call out her own people for these actions, the culture and lack of law and order that enable them? As a religious woman who pushes back against extremism in my community, I’m disgusted at your apathy & politicization of her death
— Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll (@skjask) September 2, 2019
I don’t think it was the USA that just sentenced a woman to 24 years in prison for taking off her head covering. Oh yeah… it was an “Islamist “ court ruling.
— glenn (@generousMD) September 2, 2019
This has nothing 2 do w/toxic masculinity. It has everything 2 do w/ an ancient barbaric culture. I’m Italian, & no 1 ever laid a hand on women in our family. & if they did, well maybe thats when u wld C toxic masculinity, Bcause they would have BROKEN HANDS Drop the Marxism.
— RTR TRUTH MEDIA (@tomlacovara) September 2, 2019
If only you would fight so hard for the american ppl. Why can’t you be so diligent for the country you work for and enjoy freedoms in?
But I do pray for this woman’s family- no woman should be murdered bc of their cultural law!
— Steph Owens (@Stephotollc) September 2, 2019
It was a sharia inspired honor killing. Call it what it was. You’re not fooling anyone.
— Jack Russell (@HandsomeJack71) September 2, 2019
Now do Female Genital Mutilation.
— William II ?? (@William53834172) September 2, 2019
Yes honor killings come from the teachings of radical Islam, which Palestinians practice (as shown by their election of Hamas)
— Destructive Chemistry (@DestructiveChem) September 2, 2019
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