In Merrye Olde Yorkshire, not everyone is singing Christmas carols:
…a “sing-along” DVD for children which appears to glorify suicide bombing was last night under police investigation after being found on sale in Yorkshire.
The Yorkshire Post has obtained a disc of music videos – part of an Egyptian-made series – in which a young girl sings about following in the footsteps of her suicide bomber mother. A group of self-proclaimed orphans also rail against the West over the plight of the Palestinian people.
All three of the DVD’s tracks are sung by children in Arabic with English subtitles.
The first song is about two children who lose their mother when she becomes a suicide bomber. It believed to be a reference to Reem al-Reyashi, a 22-year-old Palestinian mother-of- two who blew herself up on January 14, 2004, at a crossing, in the Gaza Strip, killing four Israelis.
The video begins with an Arab woman playing with her two children, then leaving her home with dynamite tucked in her dress, blowing herself up after being challenged by uniformed soldiers, and her children and husband finding out about her death on TV.
The elder of her two clearly upset children, a girl, asks why their mother would leave them and says of her toddler brother: “He doesn’t eat except in your arms. Everything for him is you (sic).”
But there is a disturbing change of tone towards the end of the track. Rummaging around her mother’s wardrobe, the girl finds a stick of dynamite hidden in a drawer and, turning to look at the camera, concludes with a steely gaze and the chilling words: “My love will not be by words. I will follow my mother’s steps.”
The small video (available at the news site) is truly disturbing. Officials say it is aimed at young children, but I disagree. I think it highly likely that the propaganda is aimed toward mothers of young children. And that is disturbing.
Meanwhile, Bradford Muslims are equally upset:
Bradford Council for Mosques spokesman Ishtiaq Ahmed said: “We are very concerned about the fact that this material is on sale and could prove to be provocative. Children and families are being exploited and it is not something we encourage or support.
“It is not something we have been aware of before. We have seen people distributing leaflets but not DVDs like this.”
As the Yorkshire Post revealed yesterday, the DVD was bought in Bradford – home to two of the four July 7 suicide bombers and the location of a bomb factory for the attack – and distributed by a Leeds firm whose address and telephone number are on the cover.
Click on the first link above and watch the video. It is brief, slickly done and compelling.
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