Uzair Dockrat, wearing his suicide bomber jacket, and his dad (Shayne Robinson, Sapa)
This six-year-old boy, dressed as a Palestinian suicide bomber, complete with a belt of fake explosives strapped to his body, says he wants to go to heaven – and his father says his child wants to be a martyr.
Uzair Dockrat was taken by his father Mohammad to yesterday’s march in Pretoria, organised by the Muslim community to voice anger at the killing of Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin in Gaza City last week. …
After prompting from his father, Uzair swore revenge on Israel for the killing. According to his father, Uzair expressed a wish to become a martyr.
“Martyrs are heroes … they go to heaven,” Uzair said.
“They (Israel) kill our people with tanks and helicopters. We can blow them up,” he said.
Mohammad Dockrat said his son’s costume was a “symbolic act of self-defence” against Israeli aggression.
“We are violent towards those who are violent towards us, and in this case, Israel is the aggressor,” he said.
Dockrat defended Uzair’s costume, arguing it was not intended to encourage violence, but “is a statement against the unlawful Israeli occupation of Palestine”.
According to Dockrat, little Uzair would prefer to strive for victory through justice rather than violence.
“He understands the status of a martyr, but will rather see justice instead,” he said.
Mmm-hmm. Onlookers seem to have missed these nuances:
Uzair was told by an unidentified adult protester: “You will be a martyr one day.”
Note also the Left’s cooperation with Islamic radicalism:
A few hundred protesters gathered in Lynnwood, Pretoria, before marching to the Israeli embassy.
The march was supported by the SA Communist Party, the Pan Africanist Congress and the Muslim Youth Movement.
Meanwhile, another story reveals that Uzair’s father is not a desperately poor, oppressed individual with no other recourse but suicide bombing. On the contrary, he is a “university lecturer.”
Mohammed Dockrat, a university lecturer, said: “Muslim children in South Africa have been aware of the attack on Islam since the war in Afghanistan.
“They saw other children being killed and maimed and are very aware of who the enemy is.”
The academic said his son, Uzair, decided to wear the jacket to a protest march in Pretoria attended by about 300 Muslims.
Yet while encouraging this attitude in his son, Mohammed Dockrat shows a keen awareness of how to speak to Western reporters:
“I don’t think we should make too much of the jacket. As an adult, he will have a better understanding.
“To me, the fact that he wore it symbolises that one can kill one generation, but there will always be a next generation to continue the struggle.”
Dockrat said he didn’t want his sons to be pacifists and he wanted them to be able to defend themselves.
He agreed there could be negative feelings towards Jewish friends in South Africa.
“But if you see what is happening in Jewish communities here, how they send their children for military training in Israel, then it seems to me that our children should be the ones to be afraid and not the other way around.”
And despite his encouraging his son to glorify those who murder civilians, he has the gall to claim the moral high ground and repeat Al-Jazeera’s wild claim that the Israelis fabricated the recent story about a teenage would-be suicide bomber:
Dockrat claims the recent case of a Palestinian teenager, wearing a suicide jacket, being arrested at an Israeli checkpoint, was an Israeli set-up.
“The Hamas group never uses children in suicide-bomb attacks and it occurs mostly on buses where there is a civilian target.
“We do not use children in the struggle, this is a principal of Jihad (holy war).”