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Maria Isa is Roman Catholic, while Zein Isa and the others are Muslim. Tina (her full name was Palestina) was the last daughter at home and the most American of the family. She had lived in Brazil, Puerto Rico and on the West Bank, but she was happiest in St. An honor student, she played high school soccer over her father's objections. Again over his objections, she went to the junior prom, only to be taken away by family members. Now, a jury that heard the tape-recorded voice of the 16-year-old pleading in vain for her life has convicted her parents of murder and recommended that they be put to death. " Tina continues to cry, but her voice is unintelligible. On one side of the courtroom, Tina Isa's high school friends burst into tears; across the aisle, the Isa family and friends quietly clenched hands. taped were the screams of a teen-age girl being stabbed to death. As the findings were announced Friday, the parents looked straight ahead.
Cultures and Generations Clash Instead of international intrigue, the tapes captured a sometimes chilling, sometimes heartbreaking family drama involving clashes of cultures -- Mr. The tape was a mixture of the three languages spoken in the household -- Arabic, Portuguese and English -- and was translated for the jury. The parents also maintained that their daughter may have been using drugs or alcohol, and that she had defied them by dating a young man they disapproved of. Abraham expressed her dismay at what she saw as the jury's failure to acknowledge the Palestinian culture. Recalling how the tape affected him, Charles Heuvelman said the parents had no right to kill their child "just because she wants to be an American teen-ager." Photos: A jury in St.Isa was born in Palestine and his wife in Brazil -- and the parents' attempts to control their daughter who, it seems, wanted to be an American teen-ager. Testimony indicated that Tina Isa clashed with her older sisters as well as her parents over her boyfriend and her night job at a fast-food restaurant. Tina screams, and Maria says: "Are you going to listen? Louis convicted Zein Isa, left, and his wife, Maria, in the stabbing death of their daughter Tina in 1989.In the Isa household, it was brought out, the daughters were supposed to work only for their parents at home or at their small grocery store. They were not to date outside the faith nor leave home without permission. The girl's screams and moans as she begged her parents not to kill her were captured by devices secretly planted in the apartment by Federal agents who were looking into possible illegal activities by Mr. They included a number of phone conversations with Zein Isa and several other daughters in which he seems to discuss various methods of getting rid of Tina, including accusing her of attacking him with a knife. " in answer to his daughter's cries, chilled the jury of seven women and five men and shocked court officials who thought they had seen and heard everything. Isa, 61, a naturalized American citizen, and his wife, 48. 6, 1989, tells a story not of murder but of a struggle in which Mr. But prosecutors said they found only one police report. She said the Isas had to discipline their daughter or lose respect.