'Suicide bomber' DVD for sale to children

A DISTURBING "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.

The children's DVD was purchased in Bradford and full details of the Leeds-based UK distributors are contained on the back of the cover.

The Yorkshire Post has handed over the material to the West Yorkshire Police specialist counter terrorism unit, and officers have confirmed that they are investigating the contents.

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."

Last night, Shipley MP Philip Davies, who was passed the DVD by a Bradford resident, said: "It's outrageous that this kind of material is so readily available in parts of West Yorkshire and it beggars belief that somebody is prepared to proudly proclaim that they distribute this material.

"My worry is how many people have had access to this kind of material and how many children may have already been influenced by it."

Mr Davies said he would be writing to the Home Secretary asking what support the Government was giving to the police to locate and eliminate this kind of material.

The head of West Yorkshire's counter terrorism unit (CTU), Det Chief Supt John Parkinson, said: "We can confirm a DVD has been passed to the CTU for further investigation.

"The DVD has been initially reviewed and officers are carrying out further inquiries regarding its content to establish whether or not any offences have been committed."

Yorkshire Muslim peer and Shadow Communities Secretary Sayeeda Warsi said the authorities should not be afraid to come down with the full force of the law on extremists.

"I find it deeply disturbing if this kind of material is available and aimed at children so young," she said.

"As well as winning over the hearts and minds of our own communities in order to deal with perverted terrorist organisations, we should always stamp down on anything that is nothing short of criminal, using the full force of the law."

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