Her report focused on how a music video played by Al Aqsa TV (Hamas’s television station) is causing lots of controversy in the Middle East, by praising suicide bombings and then inviting children to take similar action.
The video shows a young mother who blew herself up at an Israeli checkpoint 3 years ago and it includes actors posing as her children who say they will "follow in her foot steps".
The music video is about Reema Raiyshi (Pictured), 3 years ago she blew herself up at the Gaza border crossing killing 4 Israeli soldiers. Raiyshi was the first female suicide bomber to be sent by Hamas.
According to Mackler: "This video?s being run without explanation or commentary, between programs on the Hamas television station. In addition the station also interviews Raiyshi’s other children last month. Her daughter Duha is now 6 and her son Mohammed 4, a man in a suit asks them where their mother was, both children answered ?paradise?, when he asked how many Jews she had killed the little boy held up 5 fingers.? (To view this interview click here or on the image below)
For a full transcript of Mackler’s report please click below:
Host Morene Brosnan: ?In the Middle East a music video that praises suicide bombings and invites children to take similar action is causing controversy. The video is running on the new Palestinian T.V. channel set up by the Islamic group Hamas. It?s about a young mother who blew herself up at an Israeli checkpoint 3 years ago. And it includes actors posing as her children who say they will follow in her foot steps. Iris Mackler reports?
Mackler: ?This is the music video about Reema Raiyshi, 3 years ago she blew herself up the Gaza border crossing killing 4 Israeli soldiers, before she died Raiyshi posed holding a machine gun in one hand and her 12 month old son in the other, he held a missile in his small fist. Raiyshi was the first female suicide bomber to be sent by the Islamic group Hamas.?
Mackler: ?Now Hamas is making further use of Raiyshi’s death in a music video on Al Aqsa television. The new Hamas T.V station.?
Mackler: ?A girl playing Raiyshi?s young daughter watches her mother prepare for the suicide bombing. She sings: ?Mommy what are you carrying in your arms instead of me? A toy or a present for me?" After she learns how her mother died, the girl sings, ?only now I know what was more precious than us?
Mackler: ?At the end of the music video the girl opens a dressing table drawer and finds explosives, she picks them up and vows to copy her mother.?
Mackler: ?This video?s being run without explanation or commentary, between programs on the Hamas television station. In addition the station also interviewed Raiyshi’s other children last month.?
Mackler: ?Her daughter Duha is now 6 and her son Mohammed 4, a man in a suit asks them where their mother was, both children answered ?paradise?, when he asked how many Jews she had killed the little boy held up 5 fingers.?
Mackler: "Khaled Batrowi is a spokesman for the Mandella Institure in Ramallah, a group which campaigns on behalf of Palestinian prisoners including children he argues this is exploitation?
Batrowi: ?Because this influence on the children all the life, I don?t feel at all that children should be involved in this cycle of violence and counter violence?
Mackler: ?Batrowi also argues that the music video is dangerous because its ideologically driven.?
Batrowi: ?They?re trying to create a generation which holds fundamentalist ideas.?
Makler: ?Palestinian parliamentarians from the Hamas party defend the music video and interview, they say they don?t exploit children or glorify suicide bombings.?
Mackler: ?Wasbi Kabaha (Sp?) is a Hamas minister without portfolio, in the new Palestinian national unity gov?t.
Kabaha (Sp?): ?There are certain customs with the Palestinian people so that they are practicing their customs and their values. They are not glorifying terrorism and never glorify terrorism, and identifying terrorism is now a sort of a dispute item.?
Mackler: ?But Many Palestinians are concerned about the rising levels of violence in their society. And the message such videos send to their children. Iris Mekler, CBC News, Ramallah.?