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Florida Teenager Tariq Khedir Returned Home After Alleged Brutal Beating by Israeli Forces

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Courtesy of CAIR Florida
The tenuous Israeli-Palestinian relationship teetered on a knife's edge last week when the bodies of three murdered Israeli teens were found. It threatened to tip into outright mayhem days later when a Palestinian teen was kidnapped and burned alive in a revenge killing. And this weekend, a Florida teenager was at the center of the latest seesawing conflict after he was allegedly brutally beaten by Israeli forces during a protest.

Tariq Khedir, a 15-year-old who goes to high school in Tampa, was released from prison this morning and is now under house arrest. The U.S. government has called for a full probe into a beating activists say was caught on video.

That footage comes from last Thursday, activists say, when Khedir was at a protest following the kidnapping and murder of his cousin, Mohammed Abu Khedir. The Tampa-area teen, who had returned to the Middle East for the summer, suffered a broken nose and chin in the assault, his family says.

His family quickly appealed to the U.S. embassy after they say Khedir was denied medical treatment and locked up for most of the weekend. The State Department asked for a probe.

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Courtesy of CAIR Florida
"We are profoundly troubled by reports that he was severely beaten," the State Department said in a statement. "We are calling for a speedy, transparent, and credible investigation."

An Israeli police spokesman countered that Khedir was one of six "rioters" arrested at the protest, but his family denies he was part of any violence.

After days of pressure, Khedir was released on bond yesterday and ordered to spend nine days on house arrest with his family.

The move came as Israel has now arrested six suspects in the murder of Khedir's cousin, a 16-year-old who was nabbed off the street and apparently set on fire while still alive. Moshe Yaalon, Israel's defense minister, called the suspects "Jewish terrorists" and promised they would "face the full weight of the law."

Their crime came in the wake of the terrible murders of three Israeli teens: Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel. Palestinian extremists are believed to be behind those killings.

Khedir's release and the arrests could calm tensions in the area, but the heightened cycle of violence seems unlikely to slow. Overnight, Hamas fired more than a dozen rockets into Israeli in retaliation for an airstrike that killed seven fighters in southern Gaza late Sunday.

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41 comments
Aviva Krull
Aviva Krull

Talush, sadly it is genuine video. It is bad times to be a person in Israel. I agree don't be sheeps, be a 'mensh'

Shayla Walsh
Shayla Walsh

What is it about FB that brings out the worst in people?

Keven Milgram
Keven Milgram

One American Palestinian boy gets beaten by "police" for being in the middle of a riot where anyone with any sense (or their family) would have kept them out of and the entire media is in an uproar.. If it's true I assure you the Israeli officers will be dealt with judiciously. Because that's how Israel and Jews deal with such matters. However, who has spoken the same way about the American Israeli who was kidnapped and murdered? Which Palestinian official has even tried to bring anyone to justice? No one not a single one.. Golda Meier said

Tal Mazor
Tal Mazor

Very sad that any news outlet seeking any kind of legitimacy could give creditability to that video. You can't see anyone's face, the "police" has no insignias on their uniforms yet this is a "legit video". Wake up sheep!!!!

Sarah Kay
Sarah Kay

When u disobey the law consequences will happen. You can't be arrogant and throw things at the police. This Kid was lacking something it's called respect!!!!!!

Crystal Keller
Crystal Keller

I luv u too Noah. I pray for both sides to find peace. There has been so so so much done that both sides have wrong doing on their hands. Perpetuating violence only keeps the cycle going. If prayer is able to accomplish so many great things why not pray for an end to the fighting so no one has to be beat bombed or killed.

Star Ramos
Star Ramos

This breaks my heart... when will this ever end ?..

Noah Greene
Noah Greene

I love u crystal, but i disagree. I wish u knew my families history. 5 year olds are throwing rocks too, they deserve a good ass beating. They're parents aren't doing shit by telling them "no, they're consequences to ur actions". And an ass beating is the consequence!

Crystal Keller
Crystal Keller

No kitten Noah but we are still talking about a kid arrest him and try him in court...I saw a story about a five yr old boy being held by IDF...do u really think a 5 yr old understands the complexity of the situation he was just doing monkey see monkey do hell im 32 and dont understand it... all the hatred spewing from everyone turns my stomach

Noah Greene
Noah Greene

Maybe the IDF should have given him a kitten & candy. Smh.

Noah Greene
Noah Greene

Make sure to throw rocks again before u leave buddy. Let the IDF finish what they started.

Anthony Lambert
Anthony Lambert

I can guarantee he was throwing rocks with those others idiots,im not buying it,he brought on that ass whippin,they stomped his lil ugly ass into the desert,im laughing my ass off ,he's no angel

Jim Sanders
Jim Sanders

I heard he was attending his cousins funeral.

williamholder2010
williamholder2010

This young dimwit thinks it's a good idea to go on the street and attack police. There's probably not a lot of space between a muslim who assaults Israeli police officers and a radicalized muslim.
If the State Department wants to investigate something maybe they could investigate the mosque this teen attends, his online activities and associates to determine whether or not he could pose a threat to us here in the future.

jonespinga
jonespinga

what's he doing in palestine, knowing the best hummus is on the coast? 

Cts Limo Cts Limo
Cts Limo Cts Limo

What is he doing in Palestine? Knowing there's unrest overthere?

Cindy Cruciger
Cindy Cruciger

One report said he was with a group throwing Molotov Cocktails.

Sheily Perez
Sheily Perez

Why would he visit his country? Excuse me, if you found of your cousin was kidnapped and murdered you wouldn't want to be present AT LEAST for his funeral?

Andy Stagger
Andy Stagger

I don't know what the big deal is the cops here beat people like that or worse right here in the good ole state if Florida and every other state in this country!!! You don't have to look too far it's posted all over Facebook!

Sayad Khan
Sayad Khan

By right to exist, you mean giving up Palestinian territory to Israel. I don't see that happening as long as they keep attempting to occupy their lands, forcefully. The real answer would be to nuke that entire Holy Land, and irradiate it for a few thousand years.If they can't get along, no one should have it. Take it away from them.

Gabriel Veg
Gabriel Veg

This little fucker threw rocks at police. Thrown with enough force a rock can kill. He got off easy in my opinion.

Luiz Felix
Luiz Felix

Just more of the same. Middle east business as usual. Just pick one to hate and the game is on.

Edgar Cervantes
Edgar Cervantes

Why would you visit the country knowing what's going on with the violence?!??

Mauricio G Lamas
Mauricio G Lamas

Neither group eats pig so the fighting will continue. From what I understand one group wants there religion to rule everyone.

gramsaran
gramsaran

The US won't do anything against Israel. This "probe" will find nothing. 

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Well, seeing how he is related to the kid that was burned in retaliation, he is fortunate to be alive. As I understand it, the retaliation killing, that was the offspring of one of the one's that killed the 3 Israelis. Not going to bother sorting it out, I'm certain their form of justice works out ?

Tony Prieto
Tony Prieto

Can't we all just get along? No, because the animals over there believe their God is more important than the other guys god.

Ali Mashal
Ali Mashal

@bloom who is "they"? Palestinians that are practically nonexistent anymore. And you think Israel doesn't exist right now? You're a UM grad huh? Makes me want to change schools and get a proper education then.

Benjamin Bloom
Benjamin Bloom

All they have to do is accept Israel has a right to exist. Nothing more.

Haydee Choy
Haydee Choy

I cannot imagine how this beating could have been justified. These are two grown men beating on a child. No one deserves this type of beating . This is disgusting. Anyone who condones this type of violent behavior should really take a look at how desensitized they've become.

Constance Moreau
Constance Moreau

Carlos, explain how he deserved to be have his chin and nose broken while fully subdued on his stomach?

Omer G Moreno
Omer G Moreno

Without the advantage of having the full video, if it is a real video, without knowing what led to the arrest, it is very embarrasing and sad, even horrible that this can happen in Israel....culprits will be punished for sure.

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