(JNS) Hundreds of Arabs, predominantly women, took to the streets in Palestinian Authority-controlled areas on Sept. 4 to demand action following the “honor killing” of a 21-year-old-woman near Bethlehem last month.
Israa Ghrayeb, a makeup artist, sustained serious spinal injuries after falling from the balcony of her family home in Beit Sahour as she tried to escape an attack by male relatives, including her father and brothers. P.A. media reports that the assault took place after a video posted on Instagram showed her meeting in public with her fiancé.
After returning home, Ghrayeb reportedly suffered a head injury at the hands of her brother, who had threatened to kill her. She subsequently went into a coma and died.
Ghrayeb’s family denied killing her, saying that she had a “mental condition” and had died as the result of a “heart attack, following an accidental fall into the courtyard.”
The P.A. is investigating the incident and has apparently made several arrests.
Ghrayeb’s death sparked outrage in parts of the P.A. and on