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Arizona Man Runs Down Daughter For Being "Too Westernized"

Arizona Man Runs Down Daughter For Being "Too Westernized"

Yesterday, we discussed some of the challenges children of immigrants face trying to deal with clashing cultural values, but the following case is extreme.

Police are still looking for a Peoria, AZ, man originally from Iraq who allegedly ran down his daughter and her friend with his SUV to punish her for becoming "too Westernized."

Faleh Hassan Almaleki ran down his daughter Noor and her friend Amal Edan Khalaf in a parking lot on Tuesday, resulting in his daughter's hospitalization for life-threatening injuries while Khalaf, whose injuries were less severe, is also in the hospital.

This is paternalism at its worst. I have an Iranian-American friend who is having similar culture clash issues with her father, but he's a gentle and wonderful person who is trying to understand her and keep lines of communication open. I hope the women recover and that Noor and her father can reach some sort of understanding with each other eventually.

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