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Jordanian Father of “Yitzhak Rabin” Wins Name Battle

March 24, 1996 GMT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) _ A Jordanian whose admiration for slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin led him to name his newborn son after him has won a battle to make it official.

``I won!″ said Rajai Abdul-Kader, a 40-year-old farmer who says he has been harassed by relatives and neighbors and lost his job after giving the name to his son, born Jan. 28.

But Abdul-Kader, an ardent supporter of peace with Israel, appears unruffled.

``I will name my next baby boy after Shimon Peres,″ Rabin’s successor, he told The Associated Press by telephone.

The state registrar agreed Saturday to list the child as Yitzhak Rabin, after the Interior Ministry ruled the name was legal, Abdul-Kader said.

``The registrar had told me that it was illegal to give my boy a Jewish name,″ he said. ``When I insisted, they called the Ministry of Interior and obtained permission.″

Despite improving relations between Jordan and Israel following their 1994 peace treaty, many Jordanians oppose the normalization of relations between Jordan and Israel until Israel relinquishes lands it seized from the Arabs in the 1967 Middle East war.

More than half of Jordan’s 3.8 million people are of Palestinian families who fled or were driven out of their homes in the 1948 and 1967 Arab-Israeli wars.