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Palestinians name babies after Saddam (english)
25 Mar 2003
Modified: 10:03:11 PM
Many Palestinian couples in Nablus, the largest city on the West Bank, have begun naming their newborn babies after Saddam Hussein.
Mar. 25, 2003
Palestinians name babies after Saddam
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH


Many Palestinian couples in Nablus, the largest city on the West Bank, have begun naming their newborn babies after Saddam Hussein.

According to the London-based pan-Arab daily al Quds al Arabi, the favorite name for Palestinian families in the city these days is Saddam. The paper said male infants born in local hospitals in the last few days have been named Saddam in honor of the Iraqi president.

"Many Palestinians are proud of this name," the paper's correspondent, Ala Badarneh reports from Nablus. "Many families are also keen on keeping posters of Saddam Hussein in their homes. Usually you would find pictures of Saddam Hussein and Yasser Arafat together at previous meetings between the two. Many people are buying these pictures in the market and keeping them at home."

The correspondent describes the state of euphoria in Nablus each time people hear about a US helicopter that has been downed or American soldiers killed or captured by the Iraqis. "Drivers start honking their horns, passersby start chanting and others fire shots into the air," he says.

An Egyptian song praising Saddam and Iraq has become the latest hit in the West Bank.

The song, by Sha'ban Abdel Rahim, is played on the streets and in markets in many places in the West Bank. The paper also notes that press conferences by the Iraqi information minister usually send people rushing home to sit in front of their television screens
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is this really surprising? (english)
25 Mar 2003
"my enemy's enemy is my friend," as they say.

ps- george w bush's parents named him after a power-hungry war criminal too...