#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – July 06 – The US has condemned the beating and detention of a 15-year-old Palestinian-American by Israeli police after a massive social media campaign exploded in cyber space decrying the actions and hypocrisy of Israeli authorities.
The mother of Tarek Abu Khdeir (portrait), the 15-year-old cousin of the murdered Palestinian youth Mohammad, shows a picture of her son, she took of him at the hospital after he was assaulted by Israeli police in East Jerusalem on July 5, 2014. (AFP Photo / Ahmad Gharabli)
“We can confirm that Tarek Khdeir, an American citizen, is being held by Israeli authorities in Jerusalem. [Tarek Abu Khdeir ] was visited by an official from the US Consulate General in Jerusalem today,” US State Department spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, said in a press release.
July 5, 2014
(Video was broadcast on the Palestine Today television channel)
A shocking video of the brutal attack that was leaked on the internet, showing Israeli police officers savagely beating the 15-year-old cousin of Mohammad Abu Khdeir who was burnt alive in East Jerusalem, has prompted outrage in the Palestinian community.
Yesterday Annie posted on Tarek Abu Khdeir, a 15-year-old Palestinian-American from Tampa, Florida who is currently being held without charge by Israeli authorities. Here is more information about his case that was released by his family:
Following the abduction and murder of 16-year-old Mohammad Abu Khdeir in Jerusalem, his cousin, 15-year-old Tarek Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian-American child in Jerusalem on holiday from Tampa, Florida is in Israeli detention after being beaten by two undercover Israeli police agents last night.
Tarek Abu Khdeir, 15yo US citizen from Tampa, FL, beaten & held by Israeli police.#FreeTarekhttp://t.co/t9OE04vp1Jpic.twitter.com/TVO1v1tpkc
— Just Foreign Policy (@justfp) July 5, 2014
Despite the obvious need of medical attention, the Israeli authorities refused to provide him with such for 5 hours, the family said in a press release. According to the family, the teenager was denied an Arab doctor and when his father asked that his son be treated at a hospital of their choice the request was also denied.
“While in the hospital, his face had swollen to a degree to which he could not speak when conscious and blood was also found in his urine, concerning family that there could be internal bleeding,” relatives say.
This unrecognizable Palestinian American child didnt deserve this nor does any child! @BarackObama#StandUpforTariqpic.twitter.com/acIdmdrSYA
— Esraa (@ESRAAisraw) July 5, 2014
The boy was then transferred directly to court but has not yet been formally charged, though authorities claim he was throwing stones “despite being unable to provide any evidence to the court.”