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WATCH: Gaza family names baby boy ‘Knife of Jerusalem’

Amid spate of Palestinian stabbing attacks on Israelis, Mohammed Abu Shebika says ‘solidarity’ naming is ‘the least I can do’ for ‘the martyrs’

A Palestinian baby boy named 'Knife of Jerusalem' is wrapped in a Palestinian flag and displayed for members of the media, at his family's home in Rafah, southern Gaza, on October 24, 2015. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
A Palestinian baby boy named 'Knife of Jerusalem' is wrapped in a Palestinian flag and displayed for members of the media, at his family's home in Rafah, southern Gaza, on October 24, 2015. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

A Gaza family named its newborn baby “Knife of Jerusalem” in “solidarity” with Palestinian terrorists who have stabbed several Israelis to death and injured many more in some 50 attacks throughout Israel and in the West Bank this month.

Mohammed Abu Shebika, 31, invited journalists to his home in the Rafah refugee camp in southern Gaza on Saturday to see the baby, who was born four days earlier. Shebika showed reporters the birth certificate, and wrapped the baby in a Palestinian flag for photographers.

In a video translated and posted by the MEMRI media watchdog, Shebika said, “Allah has given me a new baby, and I’ve named him ‘Knife of Jerusalem’ after the intifada of the knives.”

He said the wave of attacks was “a new kind of revolution. Allah willing, the third intifada will not stop.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tb4km-6eET0

Abu Shebika said he had chosen the name “in support of the blood of the martyrs… Giving him this name was the least I could do, even if many people don’t like it.”

The baby’s mother also told reporters that they had chosen the name “in solidarity with our people in the West Bank. This is the least we can do for them.”

The couple were filmed in their home with two other small children, a boy and a girl.

A friend of the father’s, also interviewed in the clip, said he had suggested the name because “I felt that this would gain lots of attention on social media.” He said Abu Shebika had stopped by his shop en route to the hospital where his wife was giving birth, and had mentioned that they didn’t have a name for the baby.”

The friend recalled: “He said, How can I call him ‘Knife’? But the father was persuaded, the friend went on, that “it is the knife that has the say on the ground.” Added the friend, who was not named in the clip, “This is a really sweet name. It is the least we can do for Jerusalem.”

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