10th female in the Abu Ghanem clan falls victim to ‘Honor Killing’


Busan Abu Ghanem, 31, the 10th female in her clan, executed; shot at close range while going to pick up her children.
• Over the last ten years: Victim’s mother was murdered, Victim’s sister, believed to be dead, still missing.

By Shlomi Diaz and Israel Hayom Staff


Ten years after her mother was murdered and six years after her sister was declared missing, Busan Abu Ghanem, a 31-year-old mother of six, was shot to death in Ramle on Saturday. Police suspect that the motive for the murder was an honor killing.

The scene of the murder of 31-year-old Busan Abu Ghanem – Photo: KOKO

Abu Ghanem was shot several times while sitting in a parked car in town. An unidentified assailant shot her from close range and fled from the scene. Her family, having heard the shots, rushed to the car and immediately called for help, but rescue efforts failed and the woman was declared dead at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in central Israel.

“The woman was unconscious with gunshot wounds throughout her upper body,” the paramedic who treated Abu Ghanem recounted.

Relatives explained that she was on her way to pick up her children who were staying with family at the time of the attack.

Over the last decade, more than 10 female members of the Abu Ghanem clan have been murdered. Police say the murders were honor killings — killings of family members due to the perpetrators’ belief that the victims have brought shame or dishonor on the family.

In most of the previous cases, the suspects charged with murder were the husbands or other first degree male relatives of the victims.

Abu Ghanem’s sister has been missing since 2008, when she was 16 years old. She is thought to have been murdered, but the case, like many others in the family’s history, is still open.

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