Posted in: Honor Killings
Published on Mar 10, 2008 by Phyllis Chesler
Jihad Comes to Dallas
The Female Relatives of the Honor Murderered Teenagers Speak Out
"I have been warned to shut up. But when Yasser Abdul Said killed those girls he did not just spill Muslim blood on American soil. He shed my blood. I am not going to be quiet. I made a promise at their funerals that I would speak out."
I am talking to Gail Gartrell, the great-aunt of Amina and Sarah Said who were honor murdered by their father, Yasser Said, on New Year's Day, 2008. (I have written about this tragic case before for Pajamas Media.) HERE http://pajamasmedia.com/xpress/phyllischesler/2008/01/
As of this writing, Yasser Said has not yet been captured.
The girls were murdered in Irving, Texas, an area with a large Muslim population that is also known to some experts as a place where Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood may be active. Gail and the other female relatives with whom I have spoken believe that Yasser Said is "possibly some kind of terrorist. I was only recently told that Yasser always seemed to have a lot of guns, machineguns–they're illegal here–but handguns too." Gail tells me:
"It's another face of jihad. These men come here from Egypt, they marry American women in order to become American citizens. The American wives convert to Islam. Then, they have children who are natural-born American citizens–but who are raised to hate America and to want to live under shari'a law. Then, these men expect their teen-age American daughters to marry much older Muslim men from Egypt in arranged marriages. I know that Yasser wanted Amina to marry someone from Egypt."
On March 8, 2008, nine relatives, who live in Texas and who are Christians, gathered on the spot where Amina and Sarah were murdered to "celebrate their lives." The spot is right near a shooting range and shots continued to ring out as they and their Minister spoke. (Gail told me that here is another example of Yasser knowing "exactly what he was doing. He did not want anyone to pay attention to a gun going off when he shot his daughters dead." )
The girl's own mother, "Tissie" (Patricia) Said, was not at the March 8th Celebration. She is the one who effectively lured her daughters to their deaths. Also not there was their brother, Islam Said, Yasser and "Tissie's" first-born son.
Gail is proud that her great-niece Amina refused to accept an arranged marriage, glad that they were both brave enough to run away. Both girls had non-Muslim boyfriends. Neither girl wanted to wear hijab. Clearly, these American-style choices are all capital crimes to someone like Yasser Said.
After my original articles ran, Gail Gartrell, Amina and Sarah's great-aunt, reached out to me. I have now talked with her, with two other great-aunts: Joyce and Jill, and with Connie, who is "Tissie's" sister.
Gail, Connie, Jill, and Joyce are all risking their lives in speaking out. Here's an idea of what they are saying.
That Yasser is probably still hiding out in Texas; that his brothers are hiding him; that Yasser and his brothers may have committed another honor murder in the past. They were allegedly heard plotting to kill their own sister when she threatened to leave her husband; that Yasser beat and sexually assaulted his two daughters; that "Tissie," their mother, both denied and enabled the sexual and physical abuse.
Since the double honor murder, "Tissie" Said has been living with a brother-in-law (the murderer's brother). She has broken with her Texas female relatives and has warned them to shut up. Here's what Gail Gartrell has to say:
"Tissie" is a dead woman, no matter what happens. They will kill her if she leaves. But they will also kill her even if she stays. Why? Because she once dared to run away with the girls, if only briefly. But she came back to Yasser and she convinced the girls to come back. I believe that they will kill her because she ran. "
I will be publishing a series about this double honor murder. I will also post a radio interview with Sarah and Amina's brave female relatives later this week. Stay tuned.
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