An Israeli-Christian man is accused of stabbing his teenage daughter to
death because, authorities say, he didn’t approve of her relationship
with a Muslim man.
According to a criminal indictment filed in Israeli district court this
week,the daughter, 17-year-old Henriette Karra, was in a relationship
with a Muslim man, against the urging of her parents.
In late May, Henriette left the family home after threats and abuse from
her parents.She stayed with her boyfriend’s mother for part of the
Henriette’s family tried to bring her back home – using threats against
her and her boyfriend’s mother to put pressure on her to return, the
The boyfriend’s mother, called police to intervene on Karra’s behalf.
But the teenage girl refused police help, and she refused to go home.
The next month, while Henriette was staying at a friend’s house, her
father came to the house and began threatening her and slapping her, the
“Just like I sat in jail, I am ready to sit in jail my entire life, I don’t care,” Karra allegedly yelled at his daughter.
After a joint meeting with a social worker, Henriette returned home two
days later. She celebrated her high school graduation at a party on June
But the next morning, she went to the post office to mail $100 to her
boyfriend. He was in jail for an unspecified charge and was scheduled to
be released at the end of the week.
When she returned home, Henriette told a family member she was ready to convert to Islam.
The family member told Henriette’s father. Upon hearing the news,
according to the indictment, Karra went home, picked up a knife, and
stabbed his daughter three times, killing her.
Karra was arrested later that day.