Jordan's Rabin gets Israeli citizenship

May 24, 2005 at 7:56 AM
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AMMAN, Jordan, May 24 (UPI) -- Jordan's opposition is railing against Israel's decision to grant citizenship to a Jordanian who named his son after slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

The Committee for Combatting Normalization with Israel headed by the opposition Islamic Action Front also called for stripping Said Abdel Kader and his family of Jordanian citizenship "because he does not deserve it."

Haaretz said Tuesday Israeli Interior Minister Ophir Pines-Paz decided to grant the Jordanian child, Yitzhak Rabin, and his family temporary Israeli citizenship with full political and social rights.

Abdel Kader's son was born in 1996, a year after the Israeli leader was assassinated by a Jewish fanatic.

Since then, the Jordanian authorities passed a regulation banning names with political implications, including Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden and Yasser Arafat.

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