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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 November, 2003, 18:16 GMT
Israel seizes Osama, Saddam dolls
Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein dolls
The singing, dancing dolls carry toy guns
Israeli customs have confiscated a cargo of 450 singing, dancing Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein dolls.

The battery-powered figures were seized by customs officials, who said they had the potential to incite.

The 400 Osama Bin Laden dolls and 50 Saddam Hussein dolls were discovered during a routine search at the port in Haifa, northern Israel.

An Arab-Israeli businessman said he ordered the figures as a "gimmick" to sell to Arabs and Jews.

China

The dolls had been on a ship carrying toys from China. The cargo also included 450 Teletubby dolls.

The law doesn't exactly say that you cannot own a Bin Laden doll, but neither he nor Saddam Hussein are exactly good educational role models
Idit Lev-Zerahiya,
Customs spokeswoman
Customs agents had been examining the shipment to see if any of the goods were counterfeit.

The Customs Authority said the dolls were confiscated under a law banning incitement.

"The law doesn't exactly say that you cannot own a Bin Laden doll, but neither he nor Saddam Hussein are exactly good educational role models," said spokeswoman Idit Lev-Zerahiya.

An Arab-Israeli from the northern village of Qafr Qara admitted to importing doll versions of the al-Qaeda leader and the deposed Iraqi ruler.




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