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Wednesday, March 31, 2004

South African Muslim father brought 6-year-old son to protest dressed as a Palestinian suicide bomber

According to this "father," the boy wants to become a "martyr" for the sake of Allah
WorldNetDaily: A Muslim father brought his 6-year-old son to a protest against the slaying of Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin dressed as a Palestinian suicide bomber.

Mohammad Dockrat paraded Uzair at the march in Pretoria, South Africa Sunday saying the boy wants to become a "martyr" for the sake of Allah, the Cape Argus newspaper of Cape Town reported.

Uzair, who had a belt of fake explosives strapped to his body, showed up at the protest days after a 16-year-old Palestinian boy was captured at a Gaza City checkpoint wearing more than 17 pound of explosives.

The Palestinian youth, Hossam Abdo, said he had been paid to carry out a suicide mission.

Yesterday, the family of a 15-year-old Palestinian, Tamer Khweirah, said terrorists tried to recruit their boy by locking him in a dark room. At another point the terrorists tried to lure him with clothes, a cell phone and promises of paradise.

At the Sunday protest, Uzair, with prompting from his father, swore revenge on Israel for killing Yassin, a terrorist responsible for hundreds of Israeli civilian deaths.

"Martyrs are heroes ... they go to heaven," Uzair said, according to the Cape Town paper.

"They [Israel] kill our people with tanks and helicopters. We can blow them up," he said.

The father called his son's costume a "symbolic act of self-defense" against Israeli aggression.

"We are violent towards those who are violent towards us, and in this case, Israel is the aggressor," he said.

But Dockrat said his son was not encouraging violence, insisting the boy would prefer to win through justice rather than violence.

"He understands the status of a martyr, but will rather see justice instead," he told the Cape Argus.

Sitting on a placard calling for the killing of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Uzair was told by an unidentified adult protester: "You will be a martyr one day."

The march to the Israeli embassy was backed by the South African Communist Party, the Pan Africanist Congress and the Muslim Youth Movement.

Dear Gd in heaven, hear our cries; nobody else does.