Recounts the terror-stricken life and murder of sixteen-year-old Tina Isa, who was condemned by her other family members for becoming Americanized, before her father, an accused Palestinian terrorist, stabbed her to death. 20,000 first printing. Tour.
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In Arab Muslim communities, a most delicate taboo is discussion of so-called honor killings of women, because of the shocking barbarism the practice presents to non-Muslims. A sensational breach of the taboo occurred in 1989 in St. Louis, where Palestinian parents who were low-grade agents of the notorious Abu Nidal terrorist gang gruesomely knifed their youngest daughter to death--all recorded on tape by FBI bugs. Few crimes in recent memory have been as packed as this with explosive cross-cultural issues, for the Isa family was not here solely to make a new life in America: as shown by intelligence surveillance, which author Harris has partially pieced together from her interviews and revelations at trial, the inept and talkative Isas exposed an extended Palestinian network consumed with violent plots spawned from hate for Jews and for America and its perceived moral laxness. The latter infuriated the parents of victim Palestina, a 16-year-old who was quickly absorbing her new culture's attributes; she had a fast-food job, a boyfriend, and dreams of college. This gripping work grapples with the surveillance process and a clash of cultures with both skill and sensitivity--a perfect combination for libraries seeking a high-demand title. Gilbert TaylorFrom Library Journal:
Harris's second true-crime book (following Dying To Get Married, LJ 9/15/91) can be read on many levels; on the most obvious one, it is a well-researched account of the horrible stabbing death of 16-year-old Tina Isa at the hands of her abusive and uneducated father, Zein Isa. It also documents the reach of Palestinian fanatic Abu Nidal's international terrorist organization; Zein and several relatives worked for Abu Nidal in the United States, and this involvement may have been an underlying cause of Tina's murder. On a third level, Harris's book is a study of the clash between Palestinian and American cultures. Through extensive research and interviews with Palestinians on the West Bank and in the United States, Harris attempts?successfully for the most part?to explain Palestinian cultural beliefs and thereby to illustrate that Zein deviated from predominant practices not only when he murdered Tina in a so-called "honor killing" but frequently throughout Tina's life. This well-written and well-documented book is recommended for public libraries and others with Middle East collections.
-?Ruth K. Baacke, Whatcom Cty Lib. Sys., Bellingham, Wash.
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