posted on Jan, 26 2004 @ 06:43 AM
Miracle’ baby born in Bethlehem
Palestinians in the West Bank town of Bethlehem have been visiting the nearby Aida refugee camp to see an infant many are calling a “miracle baby”.
The boy has gained attention for being born with a large birthmark across his cheek that roughly forms in Arabic letters the name of his uncle, Ala, a
Hamas militant killed eight months earlier by Israeli troops after he was suspected of having planned a suicide bombing. The family, devout Muslims,
called it a divine message of support for the Palestinian people. The baby was born in November 2003 on the 27th day of the holy month of Ramadan,
revered as the night the Koran was revealed to the prophet Mohammed. The imam from the camp’s main mosque pronounced the birthmark a “gift from God”.
The infant’s grandmother, Aysha Ayyad, said the birthmark was a sign that “the soldiers can kill our sons but not our spirit”. She voiced hope that
Israelis and Palestinians would make peace and allow her grandson to grow up free from violence. (Source: Reuters)