(Nation Multimedia) Hitler, Castro and Saddam Hussein meet in a bar. It may sound like the beginning of a joke, but in the Palestinian territories, it is actually possible.
Palestinians often name their children after famous celebrities, national heroes or backers of their cause. But from time to time, they pick far more controversial names and the children have to live with the consequences.
Hitler Abu Hamad is not proud to carry the name of a man responsible for the slaughter of millions. "There is no relationship between my name and the actions of Adolf Hitler," he told AFP at his home in the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank. "I hate what he did."
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"I am against killing, violence and human rights abuses, but I got used to my name and it is part of my character." How the quiet, polite 41-year-old school teacher came to be named after the most hated man of the 20th century says a lot about Israel and the Palestinians.