Moms and dads in America often consult lists like these when deciding what to name their newborns. While they might be debating between Liam, Ethan, Emma, and Olivia, parents in Gaza are finding inspiration from the conflict with Israel in choosing names for their babies.
Ynet reports some Palestinian parents in the past week have decided to name their newborns after Hamas terrorists Israel killed and long-range missiles that were aimed at Israeli civilians.
Ynet provides some anecdotes:
Muhammad al-Shafi'i Abu Nassat named his son, who was born Friday, after the Fajr missile. Naming his baby Fajr, Abu Nassat told Gaza media, was his way of expressing his gratitude to Iran, which was responsible for supplying Gaza with rockets that, according to Abu Nassat "struck the enemy for eight days."
Amira Abu Assus, from the northern Gaza Strip, also named her child Fajr, Arabic for 'dawn', and says she picked out the name even before she went into labor last week.
She said she knew that the unborn baby would have "a bright future within Palestinian resistance. He would carry the rockets whose names he bears so as to free Palestine from Israeli occupation."
Adham Murtaja of Gaza City decided to name his son, born on Friday, after Ahmed Jabari, the Hamas military chief who was assassinated by the IDF at the onset of Operation Pillar of Defense.
Murtaja said he decided to name his child Ahmed Jabari to prove to Israel that the Jabari assassination did not mean that the Palestinian nation stopped producing heroes.
These new additions added to the already popular name among Palestinians for boys, Jihad or holy war.
And when these babies grow a little older, they might be exposed to more glorification of terror such as seen recently on the official Facebook page of Fatah in Lebanon. As first reported by Palestinian Media Watch, the photo showed a Palestinian mother placing a suicide belt on her young son.