19 July 2017
An Israeli father who is a Christian has been accused of stabbing his teenage daughter to death for dating a Muslim boy.
Jerusalem Post reports that 17-year-old, Henriette Karra was found dead in her family’s home in Ramle, Israel, with several stab wounds to the neck.
The teenager was in a relationship with a Muslim man who was in prison but set to bet released in July 2017. She had planned to convert to Islam upon his release.
In the weeks before her death, she fled home in fear of her life after being threatened and beaten by her father over her romance with her boyfriend.
Henriette had sent panicked text messages to friends telling them that her family was going to kill her. One read: “You won’t believe what they did to me… They are sending people to kill me.
“They are searching for me in every possible place. You don’t understand what fear this is. I don’t believe I have the strength to stand on my feet and run away.”
She went to stay with her boyfriend’s mother but her own family tracked her down and she was forced to return to them.
Security operatives, who were watching the family since Henriette’s friends reported the threat to her life to the police, had placed recording devices inside their home.
On the night before her death, her father was heard telling her mother: “Forget about her, let her go to hell.
“It’s not worth another shekel to even chase after her, she’s garbage. We need to whip her, throw her away like a dog and see how she does. She’s already gone, I’m sick of her and you.”
Her father, 58-year-old Sami Karra, her mother Aliham Karra, and her uncle have been arrested for plotting her murder which came after weeks of fighting over her romance.
Her mother later told police that her husband believed she had soiled the family’s honour.
The girl’s father denied the killing and is now on trial in Israel.