On September 29, 2016, 63-year-old Jamal Mansour was arraigned on counts of murder, felonious assault, and domestic violence in the Rocky River Municipal Court, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio.
His crime? He killed his 27-year-old daughter, Tahani Mansour, in cold-blood.
First Mansour took a knife to her neck, then shot her twice in the head. A few hours later he stood before a judge claiming what he had done was “an accident.” His family members also told authorities that Mansour’s “diabetes” caused him to kill Tahani.
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Public officials expressed confusion about Mansour’s motive. Rocky River Police Lt. George Lichman said, “We don’t have a solid motive other than an argument occurred between a father and his daughter.” (Lichen also confirmed that Mansour “was not under any medical care at the time of the incident,” nor since he was arrested. Whether or not he has diabetes remains to be confirmed.)
City Prosecutor Michael O’Shea remarked, “A guy that’s willing to murder his own daughter, the gate is open to what else he might do,” which is why Mansour’s bail was set at $4.5 million.
But an ex-Muslim from Iran who now lives in Texas, Attorney Daniel Akbari, clarifies any confusion: this was an honor killing. Akbari, author of Honor Killing: A Professional’s Guide to Sexual Relations and Ghayra Violence from the Islamic Sources, believes Tahani was murdered because she was “too Western.”
Akbari told World Net Daily News:
“Mr. Mansour might have assimilated to Western culture sufficiently to shave his beard and wear jeans but not to accept his daughter behaving like western girls.
“Any Muslim who has lived in a society with a dominant Islamic culture adopts those laws to some degree and makes them to be a part of his or her belief.
“Muslim men who immigrate to Western countries bring that sense of jealousy toward their female family members with them and enforce the sharia rules in their families.”
Akbari also clarifies that “honor killing” is not an entirely accurate description of this kind of murder because “honor” is a mistranslation of the Arabic word’s meaning. He explains,
“Islam has a term for that sense of jealousy, which by mistake has been translated as ‘honor.’ The Islamic term for that jealousy is ‘ghayra,’ which literally means excluding others. Islamic rules for dress and conduct cover all aspects of a Muslim woman’s life, how to dress, how to walk, how to talk, and so on.
“When a Muslim woman violates any of those rules commanded by Islam for her behavior she violates the Muslim man’s ghayra causing him to feel he is responsible to take action and stop her. Islam provides a hierarchy of actions the man can take, starting with scolding the woman and ending with killing her.”
According to cleveland.com, Mansour migrated from Jordan to the U.S. and became a naturalized citizen. Tahani was the youngest of six children who all lived at home with their parents. She received a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University in 2013 and worked at University Hospitals Ahuja & Geauga Medical Centers, The University of Findlay, and the Northeast Ohio Medical University, among other organizations.
Tragically ironic, despite her medical accomplishments, her family maintained that she was killed because her father had diabetes– a condition they would have known all too well was not the cause of his act.