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Published on August 7th, 2011 | by DerbyLife

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Community Outcry Over Honor Killing Sparks Political Change

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas amends an honor killing law in response to the public outcry of citizens, officials and politicians after the murder of university student Aya Al-Baradiya, allegedly by her family.

“Some reports suggested Aya was killed because she refused a proposal from her uncle’s son, while security sources said the uncle held ultra-conservative views and was dead set against her quest for education.

As details of Aya’s murder became public, it sparked a wave of outrage that spread across the southern West Bank, with people taking to the streets to demand changes to the law.

Thousands turned out to mourn at her funeral, and the ceremony was covered live on Palestinian television, a first for such a crime.”

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