Israa Ghrayeb, 21, died after suffering repeated attacks perpetrated by her family members as a form of punishment. Israa’s family took to hate and anger after having found a video of the young women spending time with her fiancé.
Reports indicate that her cousin and brother believed the video disrespected the family, and therefore they took matters into their own hands by physically attacking Israa.
In an attempt to avoid the physical abuse, Israa fell from a second floor window. The fall caused serious spinal injuries, forcing young Israa into a hospital bed to recover.
In the time she spent recovering at the hospital, Israa’s family intruded once more. Harrowing video footage shows family members beating Israa in her hospital bed.
On August 31st, 2019, Israa Ghrayeb died.
“Don’t send me messages telling me to be strong, I am strong. May God be the judge of those who oppressed me and hurt me.” tweet
Community members and media reports speculate that the injuries she sustained as a result of physical abuse lead to her untimely death. Israa’s story forces us, as human beings, to face the ungodly horrors and injustice of mankind.
Honor does not rest in bloodied hands, and neither does it rest in the behavior of our young women. As a society, we must look towards peace in the face of conflict. In order to prevent such senseless killings, we must rise against backwards cultural beliefs that lead to hastened anger and the policing of how our young women conduct exist in the world.
Israa’s final message to the world through her social media platform was a stark warning to her oppressors:
“Don’t send me messages telling me to be strong, I am strong. May God be the judge of those who oppressed me and hurt me.”
Until then, may Israa rest in peace, and may our souls heal from this tragedy of a life cut short.