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American teen brutalized by Israeli police 'to be tried Sunday'
Published Saturday 05/07/2014 (updated) 06/07/2014 23:46
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15-year-old Tarek Abu Khdeir, pictured after being beaten by Israeli
police on Thursday (MaanImages/Addameer)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian-American teen who was beaten, badly injured, and detained by undercover Israeli police officers in Jerusalem on Thursday is set to be tried Sunday, a rights group said.

Tarek Abu Khdeir, 15, was beaten in the Shufat neighborhood at around 8 p.m. by Israeli police in the yard of his uncle's home and arrested without charges, Addameer said on its website Friday.

The boy was taken to a police station following the beating, and police delayed treatment of his wounds until 1:20 a.m., when he was taken to Hadassa Hospital.

His family was not permitted to see Tarek until he was hospitalized, the rights group said.

His detention has been extended until Sunday morning, when a hearing will be held at the Court of First Instances in Jerusalem.

The teen is a student at Universal Academy of Florida high school in Tampa, local news website 10 News reported.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations called on the US State Department to secure Tarek's release, the report said.

Tarek is one of 11 Palestinians who were beaten and arrested in the neighborhood on Thursday, Addameer said.


Widely-circulated video footage

Video footage of Tarek's beating emerged Thursday.

The video, posted on Youtube by Palestine Today TV shows what appears to be masked Israeli police in riot gear beating, kicking, and stamping on a Palestinian.



Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld did not answer Ma'an's calls on Saturday, but he told the New York Times the video was "edited and biased."

Tarek was born in the US and is a cousin of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, the 16-year-old Palestinian who was abducted and murdered Wednesday, in an apparent revenge attack against the killing of three Israeli teens who were buried the day before.

Abu Khdeir's death sparked mass protests in East Jerusalem, especially the Shufat neighborhood, and other West Bank areas, leading to clashes with Israeli forces in which hundreds have been injured.

"State-sanctioned violence against children is unlawful and unacceptable," Addameer said in its Friday report.

"Addameer urges immediate action and calls on the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United States consulate and all regional embassies and consulates, human rights organizations and journalists to attend Tarek Abu Khdeir’s hearing on Sunday 6 July to investigate the intensified aggression against Palestinian children."
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1 ) d'Arc - Edited and Biased? / USA
05/07/2014 15:47
Looks like the Rodney King beating times 10. Of course, Obama cannot even question it without being savaged in the Israeli press. And Fox News will claim he threw himself in front of those fists and boots and truncheons. The situation is entirely out of control. The US State Department should place the entire region under travel warning to anybody with a US passport warning of extreme danger.

2 ) To Attacks & Clashes / Israel Responds
05/07/2014 16:14
Israel Forces Responded to the West Bank Abduction of teenagers, and Israel Forces Responded to Gaza rocket attacks, and almost certainly Israel forces responded to American-Palestinian teen who was beaten, & Israel Forces Will Always Respond in Self-Defense !!

3 ) JoeFattal / USA
05/07/2014 16:30
Israel is showing its true color. I would sue the Israeli police for everything they got. That's police brutality at its best regardless the reason for it. I always said that Israel care less about children even their own, and I still insist that Israel is behind the three settlers that died. It was just to convenient for them.

4 ) Isabella / United States
05/07/2014 16:45
As I figured, they are arresting family members and brutalizing them in an attempt to force them to confess to a murder they didn't commit. They aren't even looking for the Jewish terrorists who murdered this boy, who roamed neighborhoods attacking Arabs, even with a video showing the car, the murderers, and the license plate being taken. They know who they are. All the police and the IDF do is lie when they commit murder or cover it up when one of their terrorists do.

5 ) DOs & DON'Ts of / Parenthood
05/07/2014 16:50
- In the USA, parents do NOT allow their children to attack soldiers, and the same is probably true in almost every nation of the entire world, but - In the Palestinian Authority, parents DO Allow their children to attack soldiers, and they even encourage it, so the parents are at fault !!

6 ) Janice / France
05/07/2014 17:08
Is this Abu Khdeir clan bringing in reinforcements from America to act as mercenary, to throw stones at Israelis and burn down tram stops and stations? LOL

7 ) Tony / Australia
05/07/2014 17:19
Dispicable acts such as these only go to reinforce world opinion that Zionism is a cold , calculating machine designed to bring misery to anybody it opposes. Israel you are a disgrace to humanity, to attack defenseless children is a sad indication of how low you have sunk. Israel = Tyranny. Every society built on tyranny eventually falls, as it slowly loses grip on its own morality.

8 ) Paul / Kenya
05/07/2014 17:20
Looking good, needs more beatings.

9 ) Mel / USA
05/07/2014 17:42
"Equal(Citizen)Justice Under Law"Mr.POTUS! Isn't that right? Or do you care more for "Zionist votes",like every POTUS since Pres.Truman? But Zionism is not Judaism,Obama.Zionist Israel's gone US-state-sponsored psycho.It's run by Israeli-Jewish versions of Pinochets,Idi Amin's & Papa/Baby Docs,who were also ALL brutal,tyrannical western puppets!These Shin Bet/Shabak,Mistavarim,Yassam thugs are salaried on our US tax dollars.They're the extension of our failed D.C!Time to hold Israel accountable!

10 ) d'Arc - Edited and Biased? / USA
05/07/2014 17:46
Looks like the Rodney King beating times 10. Of course, Obama cannot even question it without being savaged in the Israeli press. And Fox News will claim he threw himself in front of those fists and boots and truncheons. The situation is entirely out of control. The US State Department should place the entire region under travel warning to anybody with a US passport warning of extreme danger.

11 ) Arnold / Canada
05/07/2014 18:17
As a Canadian Jew and backer of Israel I say this beating borders on criminality. These police need to be brought up on charges and spend a minimum of 5 years in jail. AND to have their homes demolished. Totally unacceptable. Totally.

12 ) Maureen / Australia
05/07/2014 18:22
The Israeli military junta is beyond redemption.

13 ) @Mel/USA / US
05/07/2014 18:26
US tax dollars don't pay for Shin Bet. The US gives Israel $3 Billion annually, just as it gives like amounts to Egypt and Jordan. The $3 Billion for Israel is almost all given as funds to buy US military equipment from US manufacturers, all made in US. None goes to Shin Bet. Sorry for correcting you, Mel. But I am sure you welcome facts.

14 ) jv / Canada
05/07/2014 18:27
@DOs & DON'T #5. Fisrt there is no proof that he has doing any thing and the goons should have stopped once he was subdued. In most other countries in the world the soldiers are your own not some other countries. They aren't there to murder as many of you as they can. When you are faced with the kind of ethnic cleansing the Palestinians are, you fight back with every thing you can. Go visit Yad Vashem if you want to see what happens to people when they don't fight back.

15 ) JoeFattal / USA
05/07/2014 18:43
@5) In the US my friend regardless if they are children or not, attacking police or not, police are not allow to use excessive force. Look at the size of this boy comparing to a police officer. In the US the family of that child would have sue the police and made millions out of them. And I hope the family of that child, and I mean child should sue the police. And maybe now its about time for the international powers to get involve and made a stop to it.

16 ) carine / UK
05/07/2014 19:23
# 6 Janice and 8 Paul - Would you find it so amusing if one of your siblings was handcuffed and beaten unconcious by fully-armed thugs in uniform? It just shows what twisted minds you have. Shame on you both!

17 ) Patrick O'Shaughnessy / Ireland
05/07/2014 19:40
That grown men can do this to a fifteen year old boy, makes me feel physically sick. For sure they wouldn't be so brave in 'one on one' combat with men their own size. As Tarek Abu Khdeir and his family are US citizens, I would take this as far as I could go with it. Legal action, social media, publicity, etc. I also hope that all the organisations Adameer has called upon attend the hearing and take up this case. Such awful tragedy for this family, my thoughts and prayers are with them all.

18 ) carine / UK
05/07/2014 19:49
#2 - Self-defence you call it? You are sick in the head!!

19 ) Bill / USA
05/07/2014 20:07
This kid was born and raised in the USA. He probably thought he could protest in Israel just the way he could in the USA. Now he knows the difference between the USA and Israel, doesn't he?

20 ) Genie / USA
05/07/2014 20:09
Israel is getting out of control and we should cut all ties with this nation of arrogant tyrants. I still say they were responsible for 9/11.

21 ) Hahaha / USA
05/07/2014 20:15
He looks better now not as good as his cousin but better.

22 ) Colin Wright / USA
05/07/2014 20:18
To Paul #8: 'Looking good, needs more beatings.' It must have been a trick to figure out some way of being even more repulsive than the other Zionist posters. Congratulations: I'd say you succeeded.

23 ) Jihane / Palestine/France
05/07/2014 20:36
Concerning "do and don't of parenthood": Don't send your children to study in a Yeshiva in a settlement built on stolen Palestinian land, and don't live in a settlement yourself with your children. If anything happens to them, you're at fault !

24 ) Kelly / Ireland
05/07/2014 20:47
Who is this skin-head that weighs a ton being drag away? It's not this lightweight 16 year old Arab kid, that's for sure.

25 ) Colin Wright / USA
05/07/2014 20:59
To be fair, the boy WAS from America. He might not have known his place. Perhaps he was insolent to the Lords of the Land.

26 ) Nik / Israel
05/07/2014 21:29
He is lucky that it was in Israel: if those were American policemen in his town in Florida, he already was shoot dead after first stone was hurled

27 ) Terry / Sweden
05/07/2014 21:33
Quote: 8) Paul/Kenya: Looking good, needs more beatings. Typically, pro Israel sadistic comment. Your statement should have been banned and you should be banned as well.

28 ) Paul. / U.S.A.
05/07/2014 21:45
Stay tuned and see how America responds.

29 ) Malone / Hfx
05/07/2014 22:49
"brutalized,badly beaten" lol..he's got a fat lip and a black eye,,he probably sees worse than that in high school...why is there no mention of what he did,or why he's going to court?

30 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
05/07/2014 23:02
Seems that none of you care about Palestinians taking 3 Israeli teenagers and putting bullets in their heads. This Palestinian kid will get his day in court - and he is free to sue the police. The Israeli kids? Oh sorry, they're dead. None of you seem to think there is anything wrong with that and that is the central problem to middle east: pro-Palestinian fanatics like you think that Palestinians have the right to commit war crimes. They don't. You are all guilty of an ugly double standard.

31 ) france / lol
05/07/2014 23:04
#6 janice, your a coward pos. Aren't cha girl ?.

32 ) Robert / US
05/07/2014 23:07
#5 here in the US soldiers arent ILLEGALY occupying some one else's land , you idiot.

33 ) Ali / Amman
06/07/2014 01:19
The US State Department does not care because of the word Palestinian in Palestinian-American citizen beaten by Israeli Army. However, if it was Israeli-American citizen beaten by Palestinians, President Obama would have launched an invasion, sending the US Army, US Air Force, Navy and Marines.

34 ) Colin Wright / USA
06/07/2014 02:53
Israel is definitely digging its own grave here. " Palestinian Teenager Was Burned Alive, Official Says ... Beating of Palestinian-American Boy Caught on Video" What's significant is that these are the headlines in the New York Times. This is disastrous for Israel.

35 ) maggie / USA
06/07/2014 03:26
THIS IS AN AMERICAN KID AND MY TAX DOLLARS PAID FOR HIS BRUTALIZATION. I am outraged that I am taxed on behalf of the apartheid state of Israel where an American teenager can be beaten and kicked while handcuffed by Israeli police thugs. This has to stop. No more money for Israel. No more money for Israel. No more money for Israel.

36 ) Randi / USA
06/07/2014 11:57
ya know Mel? it would start a firestorm. HRC? biased? maybe UN? biased the other way. looks like the two killings were the result of the category of? somethin other. if you prefer? something wicked this way comes

37 ) @13 / US
06/07/2014 12:48
Those arnt the facts, a little fluffy dont you think ?

38 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
06/07/2014 12:51
At the same time, a mob of Palestinian rioters start to kick and beat a Palestinian man to death in broad daylight until he is rescued by Israeli police. Nobody gives a damn. Why is that? And why do none of the Maan commenters have anything bad to say about Palestinian lynch mobs? My only conclusion is that they support them - in their eyes Palestinians killing people is ok.

39 ) Rami / Palestine
06/07/2014 19:59
Paul from Kenya, someone should brutally beat you too.

40 ) Ul Homi / Ecuador
06/07/2014 20:16
Is this Israel vs USA????. USA is not important for Isarel...., only Israel is very vey very important for USA....., USA is a colony of Israel....

41 ) Mel / USA
06/07/2014 21:15
Cont: p.s. Mr Obama,you should be sending this US-Palestinian dual-citizen a defense attorney,on your tax dollars(if you pay any).No Palestinian Americans go to Zionist-kangaroo courts w/out American representation! Israel hasn't even shown DUE CAUSE for prosection-apart from him being PALESTINIAN & defending Palestine's LEGAL RIGHT to resist oppressive occupation! Obama,you're a Prof.of CONSTITUTIONAL LAW,& Israel's Judocracy for Jews HAS NO CONSITUTION!Just"Basic Principles"of BRUTALITY!
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