I was supposed to be on FOX news (Detroit) to discuss the AFDI/SIOA Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference we are holding on April 29th in Dearborn, Michigan. On Sunday night, FOX was scheduled to run a segment on the conference -- not because of the Shafia honor killing verdict, but because family members, one in particular, were livid that we were using Jessica's name in connection with "honor killing." A Mokdad family member, Cassandra Mokdad, alleged that Jessica's murder was not an honor killling, despute the overwhelming evidence that it was. We filmed last Friday and it was scheduled for Sunday.
One would think that FOX would have been eager to run a segment on honor killings on Sunday, considering the guilty verdicts in the mass honor killing Shafia case that came down that very day.
Instead, FOX killed the segment.
Family members have been apoplectic about the conference, more concerned with offending islam than with the honor murder of Jessica Mokdad. Jessica's "stepmother" Cassandra, though just a few years older than Jessica (!), has been partciualrly vicious. Nasty facebook comments, denials and cover for the honor killer, claiming that Saddam Hussein is responsible -- all this is part of the reason we are holding this conference: the cover-up of honor killings, despite their rise in the West. The family of Jessica should be joining forces with me, like Amina and Sarah Said's family (on her mother's non-Muslim side), to educate the public on this horrible Islamic practice.
The last recorded dispute between Jessica Mokdad and her stepfather was over over the wearing of the hijab (head scarf), which he originally forced her to wear (just as in Aqsa Parvez's honor killing). She didn't want to wear it, thereby bringing shame on him and the family.
Look at the vile Jew-hatred and racism posted by Cassandra Mokdad, Jessica's "stepmother" (below, screenshots of her Facebook page). Shouldn't her anger be directed at the honor murderer? But this is typical. The father, brother or any male relative actually do the killing, but it is the female members of the family who aid, abet, excuse or otherwise sanction the honor murder. The mother played an active role in the mass honor killing of three Shafia girls and another female, and was just convicted in Canada. So Cassandra's strange and vicious behavior is hardly surprising. What is surprising is that Cassandra is not much older than Jessica -- this is the mindset of a young Muslim woman in America.
Did FOX kill this segment because they couldn't figure out a way to make the odious Cassandra look sympathetic? Or perhaps they fear the large Muslim community in Dearborn, and didn't want to "offend them." Girls who are honor killed are expendable, but offending Muslims is unforgivable.
When I asked Alexis Wiley, FOX producer for comment on why the segment had been killed, I was met with a wall of silence.
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Twenty-year-old Jessica Mokdad just wanted to live a normal American life.
But her stepfather, Rahim Alfetlawi, wanted to control her every move in an effort to force her to live his idea of a very conservative Muslim lifestyle, her family and police said.
Now Alfetlawi is in jail, awaiting trial on charges that he killed his stepdaughter. With his hands and feet in shackles, the Iraqi refuge who said he was a victim of Saddam Hussein's regime listened in court May 12 as his attorney, Richard Glanda, asked to have him examined to see whether he's mentally competent to stand trial.
The proceedings were translated into Arabic.
"He thought she was becoming too Westernized," said Macomb County Assistant Prosecutor Bill Contaldo. "I think this was a very nice young lady wanting to experiment with Western culture without control and without abuse."
Jessica Mokdad's parents were divorced; Alfetlawi became her stepfather shortly before her ninth birthday. The family moved to Minnesota, where Alfetlawi forced his stepdaughter to wear a hijab and made her almost a prisoner in their home, said her father, Mohamad Mokdad.
Her mother told police Alfetlawi felt shamed by his stepdaughter's Western ways: She wore shorts and sleeveless tops. She didn't want to wear the hijab.
Jessica Mokdad also had a boyfriend. When Alfetlawi found out the relationship had been physical, he forced them to marry in 2009 in a religious -- but not legally binding -- ceremony in a mosque, Mohamad Mokdad said.
The couple lived in the Alfetlawi house, but Alfetlawi wouldn't allow them to sit next to each other on the couch, Mokdad said.
"The poor kid. I don't know how she just didn't go insane," he said.
She tried to escape Alfetlawi as soon as she turned 18.
The police and Macomb County prosecutors say Alfetlawi shot her execution-style.
Mokdad's mother told police that Alfetlawi felt so shamed by her daughter's Western ways, he killed her in an honor killing, Warren Police Sgt. Stephen Mills said.
"I thought it was a sick joke," her father said when he heard of her death. "Then I found out it was for real."
http://www.freep.com/article/20110523/N ... RONTPAGE|p
To register for the Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference, please email AmericanFreedomDefense@aol.com with your name, email address and number of people. The Hyatt is providing this room free of charge as an apology for their error in canceling a Tea Party event that I was scheduled to speak out in Texas. The conference is a victory for free speech.
NEW YORK, PR Newswire: The prominent human rights organization American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), its Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) program and the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force (VAST) will be hosting the first-ever human rights conference dedicated to exposing the plight of women under Islamic law in Dearborn, Michigan on the anniversary of the honor murder of Jessica Mokdad: the Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference.
The Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference will be held at the Hyatt Hotel in Dearborn. After bowing to Islamic supremacist pressure and canceling a speech by Pamela Geller that had been scheduled for a Hyatt in Nashville, Tennessee, the Hyatt reversed its stance, recovered its understanding of the American principle of free speech, apologized and offered AFDI space in a Hyatt for a future Conference to make it up the human rights organization. Geller chose the Hyatt in Dearborn to stand in solidarity there with girls who are in danger of being victimized like Jessica Mokdad.
Jessica Mokdad was a 20-year-old Muslim woman in Warren, Michigan, who was brutally murdered in May 2011. Fox News Detroit reported: “Authorities say a Minnesota man killed his 20-year-old stepdaughter in Michigan because she left home and wasn't following Islam.” Jessica’s stepfather, a devout Muslim, tracked his stepdaughter over four states to murder her for bringing dishonor on her family.
AFDI Executive Director Pamela Geller said in a statement: “We’ve named the Conference after her as part of our ongoing campaign to raise awareness and bring a stop to the phenomenon of Islamic honor killing. These girls have rights, too, they’re human beings, and yet they’re completely forgotten in our politically correct culture, in which speech that is offensive to Islam is increasingly forbidden. We’re standing for the human rights of girls like Jessica Mokdad.”
Geller added: “AFDI tried to place ads on Detroit-area buses offering help to people wishing to leave Islam and threatened by their families. Detroit SMART Transit refused the ads, and we sued on free speech grounds. We won, and the ads were scheduled to run, but Detroit SMART still refused to run them – and the same week they were supposed to run, Jessica Mokdad was murdered. Perhaps if she had seen one of our ads, she would be alive today. This underscores the cowardice of Detroit-area officials and the need for this Conference in Dearborn. We welcome women seeking help and resources to escape dangerous and misogynist households.”
The confirmed list of speakers includes ex-Muslim human rights activist Nonie Darwish; Sudanese ex-slave and freedom fighter Simon Deng; and James Lafferty of the Virginia Anti-Sharia Taskforce (VAST), co-host of the Conference. Also speaking will be David Wood of Acts 17 Apologetics, a Christian group that is suing the city of Dearborn for covering up Islamic honor killings performed in the area – that cover-up, and the resulting suit, will also be a focus of the Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference
Hosting the Conference and also speaking are Pamela Geller, publisher of the acclaimed AtlasShrugs.com blog, executive director of AFDI and SIOA, and author of Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance (WND Books); and AFDI/SIOA associate director Robert Spencer, the bestselling author and director of Jihad Watch.
*Above scan is from these pages from one of the most important English-language sources for the content of Islamic law: Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law: It is certified by Al-Azhar University as a translation that "corresponds to the Arabic original and conforms to the practice and faith of the orthodox Sunni Community...":
In Book O, titled "Justice," in section 1, "Who is Subject to Retaliation for Injurious Crimes," section o1.1 reads, "Retaliation is obligatory ... against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right..."
However, o1.2 clarifies (above) that "The following are not subject to retaliation" and then lists — after the lovely, egalitarian "Muslim for killing a non-Muslim" and "Jewish or Christian subject ... for killing an apostate" — "(4) a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring's offspring."