Contradicting Israeli officials, family of Tarek Abu Khdeir says he was attacked while in uncle’s Jerusalem backyard

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Tarih Abu Khdeir is met by his mother after his release from jail in Jerusalem on Sunday. (Photo: Reuters)

Tarih Abu Khdeir is met by his mother after his release from jail in Jerusalem on Sunday. (Photo: Reuters)

The family of Tarek Abu Khdeir, the 15-year-old Palestinian-American brutally beaten by Israeli forces, says that he was standing in his uncle’s backyard when he was ambushed in the Shuafat neighborhood of Jerusalem–and did not attack the police, as Israeli officials have claimed.  The family, who have been in contact with Tarek’s parents, who are in Jerusalem, is also demanding that Israel pay the costs of medical treatment for the head wounds Tariq suffered.

“All of the accusations that he’s a violent kid–he’s not violent,” said Hamdi Abu Khdeir, a Florida resident and an uncle of Tarek, during a press conference today in Florida organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).  In response to a reporter’s question about whether Tarek was participating in the protests in Shuafat that erupted after Mohammed Abu Khdeir was murdered, the uncle said: “He wasn’t inside [the protests], or doing anything.”

A reporter also asked why Tarek was wearing a kuffiyeh on his face–echoing what Israeli military spokesman Peter Lerner said on Twitter yesterday.

His uncle responded to the reporter by explaining that it is a symbol of Palestinian nationalism.

The family’s version of events sharply contradicts what Israeli officials have claimed in the aftermath of Tarek’s beating, which was caught on video and sparked widespread outrage in the U.S. and in Palestine.  Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told news outlets that Tarek was among Palestinian protesters who attacked the police.  “How does a 15-year-old American student end up attacking security officers and rioting with hundreds of masked Palestinians?” Rosenfeld asked the New York Times‘ Jodi Rudoren.  Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., told ABC News that “this boy was one of six boys who attacked police with petrol bombs, Molotov cocktails.”

Sana Abu Khdeir addressing the CAIR press conference in Tampa, FL.

Sana Abu Khdeir addressing the CAIR press conference in Tampa, FL.

The family also expressed outrage at Israel’s handling of the case in the aftermath of the beating, which happened after he was arrested and continued while the 15-year-old was unconscious, according to the Abu Khdeirs.  While Tarek was released Sunday, he was placed under house arrest for nine days and fined.  “On top of that, another insult, we have to pay a fine!?” said Sana Abu Khdeir, his aunt.  “This is our baby, imagine if it was yours.”

Hassan Shibly, CAIR’s executive director in Florida, said that estimates of the medical treatment Tarek needs runs to an estimated $200,000.  Tarek’s uncle, Hamdi, said that “the people who did this to him, they’re supposed to pay for it, and that is the Israeli government.”  The family says that Tarek is still suffering from headaches, and that he has stitches.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Tarek’s mother, Suha, says she wants to take legal action against the Israeli officers who beat her son.

The beating of Tarek was the second tragedy to hit the family in a matter of days.  Last week, Mohammed Abu Khdeir was kidnapped by Israeli Jewish members of a soccer gang and murdered. Mohammed’s killers burned him alive, according to the autopsy report.

“This is a watershed moment that exposes the brutality Palestinians face,” said Shibly.

95 Responses

  1. Justpassingby
    July 7, 2014, 5:38 pm

    For crying out loud, west must put an end to this, couldnt obama’s kids going down to the Westbank? Lets see what happen when idf smash in their faces, will obama act then?

  2. Woody Tanaka
    July 7, 2014, 5:45 pm

    So the Zionist lies continue. No surprise.

  3. seafoid
    July 7, 2014, 5:50 pm

    “This is a watershed moment that exposes the brutality Palestinians face,” said Shibly.”

    Something in Zionism broke last week

    • just
      July 7, 2014, 6:04 pm

      So their water broke and the “baby” is a changeling of malice, revealed to the entire world now.

      • seafoid
        July 8, 2014, 3:53 am

        It may actually be a baby golem

      • Daniel Rich
        July 8, 2014, 6:17 am

        @ seafoid/just,

        It’s even worse. They’ve thrown away the baby and are raising the afterbirth…

      • MRW
        July 8, 2014, 4:09 pm

        @Daniel Rich,

        What are church members saying about this?

    • chet
      July 8, 2014, 2:33 pm

      Too much attention from the world’s media on the Palestinian child being kidnapped and burned alive and on the American kid being punched and kicked unconscious?

      The vile and cynical Neyanyahoo’s counter-measure – Let’s distract them and get them talking about the Israeli response to the Palestinian “glorified fireworks”.

  4. Kay24
    July 7, 2014, 5:55 pm

    OT, but anyone here gets the opportunity to hear Maen Areikat, PLO representative in Washington, speak or interviewed please do not miss it. He was interviewed on Blitzer’s program, and was excellent. I attended one of his talks in Princeton, and came away very impressed with how he presented the Palestinian side of the conflict.

    Now to this well written article – it is such a tragedy for this one family to have endured a gruesome murder in their family, and this terrible beating. Two of their kids have suffered in different ways, and no one can ever imagine the heartache of this family. Much as the Israeli propaganda machine, including journalists like Rudoren, who pretend they are unbiased, try to spin this, lie about this, and blame the victims, the international community are not surprised that the democratic nation of Israel is once again involved in over excessive violence and deaths of civilians. I do not have to remind anyone here about the Turkish flotilla massacre, Israel once again blaming the victims, doctoring audio tapes, calling them terrorists, when their own masked commandos attacked these boats, and guess what? Years later, the great Bibi Netanyahu “apologized” to Turkey. They have a pattern of committing serious crimes, then lying about it. We are seeing this again, right now.
    Notice the US journalists never challenge the lies?

  5. Abierno
    July 7, 2014, 6:02 pm

    He needs an immediate return to the US for appropriate comprehensive neurological work up – his loss of consciousness as well as his chronic headache
    and occasional disorientation suggest the possibility of significant issues. The
    US consulate should request a compassionate departure to his home state of Florida
    immediately, while the court issues sort themselves out. Given that the US generously compensates Israel to the tune of, is it? 8.5 million per day, this should be an easy request.

  6. Daniel Rich
    July 7, 2014, 6:17 pm

    Whatever anyone says is ‘contradicting Israeli officials.’ The Book of Lies is only handed out to those ‘in the know.’

  7. eileenfleming
    July 7, 2014, 6:36 pm

    Today, this reporter contacted Tariq’s US Rep. at her D.C. and Tampa office for a statement. None was received but US based The Arab Daily News published this message to US Rep Kathy Castor Re: Tariq Khdeir, District 14 Fl. Resident:
    link to thearabdailynews.com

  8. justicewillprevail
    July 7, 2014, 6:50 pm

    Well, it had to happen eventually. So endemic is the assumption Israel that it can lie its way out of its appalling maltreatment of Palestinians that it is probable they still don’t understand what has happened. An American citizen, who they cannot arrest, beat up and silence, and who is not afraid to take to the airwaves, has exposed their casual attitude to the truth and justice, and has not held back in making clear that her son is not alone. It is a watershed moment in many ways, exposing what those more acquainted with the region have known for a long time. Their own hubris is responsible, and still it blinds them to the consequences of the one party squatter’s state they have built.

  9. just
    July 7, 2014, 7:05 pm

    So…

    “Operation Protective Edge” brought to you by the GoI.

    (Ben Wedeman gave a very sober report.)

    • seafoid
      July 8, 2014, 3:33 am

      Operation move the news on, I think

      They have to get the story away from what the killers did to Abu Khdeir.

    • Kay24
      July 8, 2014, 7:30 am

      They come out with some lame names, like “operation pillar of cloud”, as if to soften the violent image the world will receive, of their deadly pounding of the Palestinian territories. The Palestinian people are sitting ducks, with no weapons to fight back. Israel should be forever in our debt, because we are paying for their consistent violence against helpless civilians. Let us brace ourselves for what will eventually happen – civilian structures once again hit, and families wiped out.
      Hope our congress, who must be enjoying themselves during their summer break, are happy they were able to arm the ruthless Israeli forces, to that they could show the world how tough they can be against unarmed civilians. A thousand curses on them.

      • eljay
        July 8, 2014, 7:57 am

        >> They come out with some lame names, like “operation pillar of cloud”, as if to soften the violent image the world will receive …

        Another thing Israel has in common with the U.S., a country that loves:
        – chest-thumping / vomit-inducing names like “Operation Enduring Freedom”; and
        – innocuous-sounding names like “Operation Ranch Hand“.

        They – and other countries – should be required to give to their operations names that reflect their true intents – for example, “Operation Let’s Decimate Some Nation’s Population and Infrastructure Because God Says It’s Our Right To Do So”.

      • just
        July 8, 2014, 8:07 am

        Yep.

  10. Annie Robbins
    July 7, 2014, 7:08 pm

    he was standing in his uncle’s backyard when he was ambushed

    i was on twitter july 3 when relatives of tarik’s started tweeting photos of his broken face. (i am not sure why the first tweet i saw and captured here , 1st tweet of 3, link to mondoweiss.net says july 4th because it it clearly says july 3rd on my twitter timeline and i know it was the night before i blogged about it). i had recently read an interview/quote from the father of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, who stated directly after his son was abducted and murdered they interviewed him from 6AM to 4PM (link to twitter.com) . at this time, the goi was still trying to push the story muhammad was killed by his family. muhammad’s father said they wanted him to tell them the whereabouts of members of his family. he refused.

    the goi refused to release the body of his son which prevented him from being buried. tarik was abducted during this time and so, when i first read his families tweets ( very early, i think i was the 3rd or 4th person to retweet link to twitter.com) and learned he was muhammad’s cousin within moments link to twitter.com), the first thing i thought was that the goi was abducting and holding members of muhammad’s family hostage to pressure them to sign documents saying the murder of their son was not a nationalistic revenge killing, before they would release the body of muhammad. link to twitter.com

    sometimes when events happen fast and furiously we forget the timeline. there is the possibility tarik was targeted because he was standing in his uncle’s yard, because he was muhammad’s family and before the goi admitted it was a nationalistic crime of revenge.

    • Annie Robbins
      July 7, 2014, 9:26 pm

      here it is, allison’s reporting, this was reported here earlier in the day on july 3rd:

      “They want the family to get the boys for questioning,” said Walid Abu Khdeir, the deceased’s uncle. “We refused this. If you want them come and capture them,” he continued.

      link to mondoweiss.net

      and so, maybe that’s why they captured tarik.

  11. American
    July 7, 2014, 7:09 pm

    Maybe the mental image of a boy’s burned up body has perked up a few people. I dont like gory pictures but maybe I would be in favor of the world seeing just what a burned up body looks like–what his mother and father see when they pick up what is left of him to bury.
    When a body is burned to death everything contracts, the limbs curl up, the body curls up like a fetus or a dead worm. …and it weights about what a sack of burned clothes woud weigh.
    Israel better hope that respect for the dead boy prevents that picture being shown to the world.

    Jake Tapper Grills Israeli Spokesman Mark Regev About Violence Against Palestinians

    The Huffington Post | By Jack Mirkins
    Posted: 07/07/2014 4:55 pm EDT Updated: 1 hour ago

    Jake Tapper conducted a tough interview on Monday with Mark Regev, spokesman for Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Tapper grilled Regev about the beating of Palestinian-American teenager Tariq Khdeir by Israeli police. Khdeir is a cousin of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian boy who was recently found brutally murdered, allegedly by Israelis. That killing has been seen as a possible response to the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers.

    After Regev condemned the beating of Tariq Khdeir, Tapper said, “Palestinians say this happens all the time. The only difference is that this kid is American.”

    “I beg to disagree,” Regev replied, saying that Israel was a democracy that provided for redress for all citizens.

    “As you know, there are a lot of human rights groups that just disagree with your assessment,” Tapper said. He noted studies that showed that under 10 percent of attacks on Palestinians by Jewish settlers were ever prosecuted.

    Regev responded that the judiciary in Israel was “fiercely independent,” adding, “I know the system works…Palestinians regularly go to Israeli courts.”

    Tapper then quoted from an editorial by the newspaper Haaretz, which said that Israel needed to undergo a “cultural revolution,” and that too many Israelis were part of “a vengeful, vindictive Jewish tribe whose license to perpetrate horrors is based on the horrors that were done to it.”

    “There are a lot of Israelis, especially on the left, who think this didn’t happen in a vacuum, [that] this is part of the culture of Israel, hostility towards Arabs, nurtured by Israeli politicians,” Tapper said.

    “I don’t think that’s true,” Regev said. “Everyone…has totally condemned that murder…Israel stands thoroughly against this.”

    • Kris
      July 7, 2014, 7:54 pm

      “Regev responded that the judiciary in Israel was “fiercely independent,” adding, “I know the system works…Palestinians regularly go to Israeli courts.”

      Bull Conner responded that the judiciary in the Jim Crow southern states was “fiercely independent,” adding, ” I know the system works…Negroes regularly go to our courts down heah.”

      • oldgeezer
        July 8, 2014, 12:32 am

        Didn’t Regev avoid the issue though?

        I know all systems are different but the details of Israel’s system is something I am not familiar with.

        In the jurisdictions I am aware the judiciary refers to the court system and judges. It doesn’t include the police or prosecution services.

        The issue he was presented with was that less than 10% of settler attacks are prosecuted. Totally different issue and the at that stage the judiciary is irrelevant.

        ““I don’t think that’s true,” Regev said. “Everyone…has totally condemned that murder…Israel stands thoroughly against this.””

        Again he avoids the issue. The interviewer raises the following in terms of the general political environment “this is part of the culture of Israel, hostility towards Arabs, nurtured by Israeli politicians,””

        The response only deals with the a single event, the murder.

        The world needs better reporters. That interview was a sideshow.

    • a blah chick
      July 7, 2014, 8:26 pm

      “I don’t think that’s true,” Regev said. “Everyone…has totally condemned that murder…”

      I guess she doesn’t know about Facebook.

      • a blah chick
        July 7, 2014, 8:32 pm

        Sorry, got the Regev’s mixed up.

        I shudder imagining the pillow talk in that marriage.

    • Kay24
      July 7, 2014, 10:07 pm

      I watched this interview, and was amazed that Jake Tapper asked tough questions, and Regev as usual bluffed his way out of it, not directly answering the question.
      I was glad to see at least one CNN anchor do what all the others should be doing – asking the tough questions. If only others would follow Jake Tapper.

    • seafoid
      July 8, 2014, 3:39 am

      American

      It is not possible to burn a body to the weight of some clothes in one hour.

      link to firstpost.com
      “In the early hours of Wednesday morning, police received a report of a person being forced into a car in Beit Hanina,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP, referring to a well-heeled east Jerusalem neighbourhood.
      “Within an hour, a body was found in Jerusalem that has still not been identified.

      It wasn’t conventional. It was much worse.

      • American
        July 8, 2014, 9:27 pm

        Do you remember the picture of the naked 9 year-old Vietnamese girl, her clothes incinerated by napalm, jellied gasoline buring her body, that appeared on the front page of the NYT? She was running down a highway with other children also screaming and running from US soldiers and the US bombing behind them.
        Maybe you arent old enough to remember it but for my generation it came to be the symbol of the Vietnam war.

        link to upload.wikimedia.org

  12. Shingo
    July 7, 2014, 7:11 pm

    @nickschifrin I’m not sure but in the footage circulating, it seems he was masked with a kafiyah. Any reason for that?

    I’m not sure but in the footage circulating, it seems he was attacked by 2 men wearing masks. Any reason for that?

  13. Basilio
    July 7, 2014, 7:23 pm

    When you sustain such head injuries, it is serious. It could affect you for the rest of your life. So many pro-Israelis don’t understand how brutal the occupation is and how they encourage the incarceration of so many people and brutalize them and turn them into angry humans. What happened to the 3 Jewish youths was a disgusting tragedy. Did Netanyahu and people like him, with their policies, help create certain Palestinian monsters as well as their own Israeli monsters in uniform? That’s what an occupation does.

    • Kay24
      July 7, 2014, 10:10 pm

      The information is all over the internet, and just like we are able to access it, I am sure even Israelis, who are interested in finding out the truth, can do some research and find it. I think they prefer to live in a bubble, and in their minds think that they are being “defended” by their government.

  14. Basilio
    July 7, 2014, 7:28 pm

    I was wondering about the Kuffiyeh, as well. Was wearing a Kuffiyeh near a place where youths are throwing rocks wise even if you’re in your uncle’s garden? I don’t think so. He was innocent, regardless of what he was wearing, but the IDF looks for excuses to brutalize and arrest people. You don’t want to be sporting a Kuffiyeh when they are attacking youths and vice-versa. I understand his relative was killed, and he wanted to express solidarity, but it’s very dangerous down there.

    • Djinn
      July 7, 2014, 9:50 pm

      Awful lot like blaming a rape victim because she was walking home alone at night.

      It doesn’t matter what Tareq was doing and it certainly doesn’t matter what he was wearing.

      If someone needs to be arrested the police (in democracies that is) are only able to use proportional force to subdue someone. They are not allowed to punish. 2 armed men with the full backing of the state really don’t need to use any force at all to subdue a slightly built teenager. They most certainly do not need to beat the shit out of them while they’re handcuffed & prone and being held down by another officer.

    • chocopie
      July 7, 2014, 11:12 pm

      They didn’t beat him because of his keffiyeh. They beat him because he was Palestinian. The Zionists shoot, beat, and arrest plenty of Palestinians who aren’t even wearing keffiyeh. And keffiyeh is a normal thing worn by many people; they are not going to stop wearing it just because Zionists don’t like it. They wore it before Zionists ever showed their faces in Palestine and they’ll keep wearing it long after the Zionist era is over and peaceful coexistence resumes.

    • elephantine
      July 8, 2014, 6:10 am

      I saw an interview where he (Tarek Abu Khdeir) explains that his face was covered to protect himself from all the tear gas.

      You can watch it here: Link

      • Elisabeth
        July 8, 2014, 9:15 am

        Thanks elaphantine. That clears it up for me. He is totally natural when he tells it, clearly telling the truth. I wondered about that scarf and thought he had probably taken part in the protests. I hope this case keeps getting lots and lots of attention in the US. He and his mother are well-spoken people who can really brong accross the Palestinian experience.

  15. Daniel Rich
    July 7, 2014, 7:56 pm

    “The authorities reported the confessions as violence continued on Israel’s volatile front with the Gaza Strip. Palestinian militants bombarded Israel with some 40 rockets and mortars, drawing Israeli airstrikes in retaliation, and at least eight Palestinian militants were killed. As Israel pressed ahead with a mobilization of forces along the Gaza border, the Hamas militant group vowed revenge, saying “the enemy will pay a tremendous price.” – LINK

    ‘That’s what we wanted and that’s what we’ve got.’ – BB

  16. ritzl
    July 7, 2014, 8:09 pm

    Anyone know if there is a legal defense fund being set up for Tareq? I couldn’t find one on bing.

    And what is the correct spelling of his name?

    • just
      July 7, 2014, 8:40 pm

      I don’t know of a fund, but I think it is the Israeli and US governments that needs to pony up for his healthcare and defense. The US can hold back the ca. $9 million a day that we give to the Occupiers in order to do so, if the Apartheid state is too reluctant.

      And we need to make sure that happens.

      • Pat Nguyen
        July 7, 2014, 10:27 pm

        LOL!
        Let’s see you try

      • Djinn
        July 8, 2014, 5:35 am

        Glad you find people attempting to do something about the horrendous beating of a child so LOL worthy Pat. Your parents must be so proud.

  17. Bumblebye
    July 7, 2014, 8:19 pm

    Is anyone else unable to access the page of Tareq at his cousin’s grave? Everytime i try, ‘internet explorer has encountered a problem and has to close’!

  18. Bumblebye
    July 7, 2014, 8:46 pm

    Remember the Palestinian Amb who got blown up (I think beginning of the year)? Just hearing it was a semtex *book* bomb! Nothing at top of google yet. No , I’m already wrong, apparently Haaretz had it in April.

  19. stevelaudig
    July 7, 2014, 9:02 pm

    Who will one believe? the experience liars of the occupying government or a family invaded?

  20. yonah fredman
    July 7, 2014, 9:33 pm

    If he was covering his face, then this puts a different twist on it. Insufficient to explain away the beating, but it is not the same as sitting in his own backyard and watching. The mask (face cover) is a “uniform” of sorts and anyone who knows about US protests, knows that those who cover their faces are the serious protesters who are there for business and not pleasure. Again, does not justify the beating, but puts it in a different perspective.

    • Woody Tanaka
      July 7, 2014, 10:10 pm

      Baloney, Yonah. as a veteran of more marches than I can count, the use of face coverings is one of three things: (1) the protester is young and stupid and wants to look “cool.”. that, however, is the very rare exception. (2) people who do not want to be photographed because they feel retaliation by the authorities merely for expressing their views. And in this day of facial recognition software, this is becoming more and more important. that is rare but becoming more numerous. (3) The third, and most numerous, of course, are people who are experienced and who expect to be hit with teargas. This is such a common occurrence at Palestinian protests, & given the barbaric overreliance one such weapons by the Israelis, that I would be surprised that any one marching in protest to anything Israeli government does isn’t wearing some face cover.

    • oldgeezer
      July 8, 2014, 12:47 am

      ” Insufficient to explain away the beating, ”

      Well… Yes…. Exactly. That’s where you should have stopped. The main issue is two adult cops not only beat but stomped a 15 year old after he was subdued.

      The rest doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if he was throwing rocks or petrol bombs either. He had been subdued. He was beat and stomped.

      End of.

    • Elliot
      July 8, 2014, 7:51 am

      Yonah,
      The Palestinian boy who covers his face is suspect:
      The Israeli thug in uniform who covers his face while brutalizing the Palestinian boy is therefore… less culpable?
      Jewish exceptionalism.

      • Mooser
        July 8, 2014, 2:58 pm

        “Jewish exceptionalism.”

        First of all, it’s not “Jewish exceptionalism” Take a look at how exceptional Yonah finds Jews who don’t agree with him. Zionism recognizes no religion beyond its own aims, whatever the hell they might be. (of course, we could say that the aims of the Zionists are quite explicable in the light of the persecutions Jews have suffered, but that would be to admit that the persecution has in some way damaged us. And thinking that the Jewish people could be damaged by relentless and long persecution would be anti-Semitic! We’re perfect, or we wouldn’t deserve Israel!)

        No Yonah suffers from Ziocaine Syndrome Amnesia. The end of a Ziocaine Syndrome episode is usually a period of amnesia which allows the sufferer to forget, a) how dumb and obviously self-serving his argements are, and b) that he made them all last time, got chewed up and spit out, and finally, c) having forgotten them, he comes back and makes all the same dumb kvetching all over again.

        It’s an unfortunate condition, and only a few people fully recover from it.

      • Mooser
        July 8, 2014, 3:12 pm

        If I may add, it’s very important to remember, when discussing something like this with Zionists, that they feel it is in their interest to appear brutal, inhuman and unfair. After all, anything they can do to convince people that Jews cannot live with others on terms of equality is, they would feel, a point in their favor. Anything they can do to make people suspicious, or even afraid of Jews is, in their mixed-up minds, a point for Zionism.

  21. talknic
    July 7, 2014, 10:04 pm

    @ yonah fredman

    ” The mask (face cover) is a “uniform” of sorts and anyone who knows about US protests, knows that those who cover their faces are the serious protesters who are there for business and not pleasure.”

    I guess you’ve never been near where tear gas has been used…

    ” Again, does not justify the beating, but puts it in a different perspective.”

    More like more ziopuke

    • Kay24
      July 7, 2014, 10:13 pm

      Also like desperately trying to find a different perspective. Anything to justify what those those evil being in Israeli uniform did.

      • yonah fredman
        July 8, 2014, 9:23 pm

        Excuse me for taking time to digest the news. I know that it would be best if I did not think tactically or strategically and I had a single line of thought: “colonialism is evil” “violence is evil” that was a solid philosophy and covered all possible headlines and then all I would have to do is see the headline and match it to the evil involved and it would be simple and finished.

        in fact i react to the headlines with prejudice and self interest and i try to digest and understand why things happen. the fact that the killers of the kid who was burnt alive were soccer fans, man, that’s a tidbit that involves some chewing and digesting and the history of beitar rowdiness and mafia like behavior, these add up. when i see this kid’s cousin beaten like this, i also try to understand what the cops were thinking, moreso than i would with the cops who beat up rodney king, though i probably put myself more in the simi valley exonerated cops shoes more than the average commenter here at MW. I read the stories and I react and I try to understand what happened.

        I suppose it is perverse to do my public reacting in this spot, the comments section of MW, but so it has evolved that this is where I focus my thoughts and my reactions.

        And mooser, even puns are good. when you write without humor it’s like a dead fish, when you inject a little humor, why it’s a serving of smoked whitefish.

  22. DICKERSON3870
    July 7, 2014, 10:59 pm

    RE: “Last week, Mohammed Abu Khdeir was kidnapped by Israeli Jewish members of a soccer gang and murdered. Mohammed’s killers burned him alive, according to the autopsy report.” ~ Alex Kane

    MY QUESTION: A soccer gang? Might the kidnappers/murderers perchance have been members of Beitar’s “La Familia”? That would certainly make sense, especially in light of Be(i)tar’s fascist origins.

    FROM WIKIPEDIA AS OF 1/25/14 [La Familia (Beitar supporters’ group)]:

    La Familia are an Association football supporters’ group of Israeli Premier League club Beitar Jerusalem.[1] They are known for their opposition to Arab and Muslim players.

    • Organization
    The organization began in 2005 and occupy the eastern sections of Teddy Stadium. Estimates of the group’s numbers vary. A reporter put the number at a few hundred[2] while a leader of the group said that it encompassed a network of 3,000 supporters.[3] At a home match in 2008, a correspondent for the BBC said that the group was about 20% of the crowd. They are the most vocal in the stadium and some local fans follow their chants.[2][3]
    La Familia is proud of its Jewish identity. The group is notorious for chants that insult Arab and black players, and for displaying the flag of the banned Kach party.[2] Cheers with lines such as “death to the Arabs”[4] and “Muhammad is a homosexual”[5] are common. Unlike other top clubs in the country, no Arabs have ever played for Beitar. La Familia has continuously raised strong objections to any Arab transfers.[6] The group was adamantly against the signing of Nigerian Muslim (who lasted half a season in 2005) and the 2013 transfer of two Chechnyan Muslims.[7]
    The team has roots in the Betar Zionist youth movement and has been supported by several Israeli politicians on the political right throughout its history. La Familia has similarly been labeled far-right and is openly against those they view as being on the left.[4][8] The club has publicly condemned the group and has gone as far as barring it from a match.[7] Some Beitar fans have expressed embarrassment over the organization and openly oppose their ideals.[9][7]

    • Incidents
    During a December 2007 Toto Cup semifinal game between Beitar Jerusalem and the Israeli-Arab team Bnei Sakhnin, Beitar Jerusalem fans took up provocative chants that insulted Muhammed. The Israel Football Association (IFA) punished Beitar by forcing them to play their next game against Sakhnin with no fans present. Vandals set fire to the IFA’s offices and left graffiti threatening the life of the IFA chairman. The graffiti included the initials “LF” for La Familia, but the group denied involvement.[10][11]
    Beitar was disciplined in 2008 after fans disrupted a minute of silence to mark the death of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Later that year La Familia led a pitch invasion in what would have been a title-clinching win against Bnei Herziliya. The IFA deducted two points from Beitar and ordered that the next game be played behind closed doors.[12] In December 2011, fans yelled “Give Toto a banana”[2] towards Nigerian-born Toto Tamuz. The IFA again punished Beitar with a two-point deduction and another game in an empty stadium.
    Supporters stormed the Malha Mall after a match in March 2012 while chanting racist slurs. It was reported that Arab workers were harassed and beaten.[6]
    The club’s 2013 signing of two Chechnyan Muslims, Dzhabrail Kadiyev and Zaur Sadayev, raised anger from the supporters. Members of La Familia set a team office blaze after the announcement.[7] Fans walked out of a match in March that saw Sadayev score his fist goal for Beitar.[13]
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    • DICKERSON3870
      July 7, 2014, 11:31 pm

      P.S. ALSO SEE: “Suspicion and Hate: Racist Attacks On Arabs Increase in Israel”, By Julia Amalia Heyer, Spiegel Online, 6/05/13

      [EXCERPT] . . . Football fan Asi, 23, says that he isn’t a racist, just a nationalist. “I have no problem with Arabs, as long as they raise the Israeli flag and sing along when our national anthem is played.” Lieberman used the same logic to justify a bill he introduced calling for new citizens to deliver an oath of allegiance.
      Asi, who lives in a small village [in Israel] near Caesarea, supports the Beitar Jerusalem football club. On a Thursday evening, he and other Beitar fans are standing at an intersection in Herzliya. Asi has a friendly face and a neatly trimmed beard. Like his fellow fans, he is here to demonstrate against the club’s owner.
      When it was revealed in January that the Club planned to sign two Muslim Chechen players, the stands in the stadium became filled with hateful signs, with words like “Beitar — Pure Forever.” The fans chanted: “We are chosen, we are holy, but the Arabs are not.”
      Beitar Jerusalem, says Asi, that’s the holy menorah on a yellow background. The team, he says, can only win as a Jewish team, which is why Muslims shouldn’t be allowed to play in the club.
      Beitar’s management has since cancelled the contracts with the Chechens and sent the two men back home. There were simply too many problems [most especially, Israeli racism – J.L.D.], the club wrote in a statement.

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to spiegel.de

      P.P.S.When Netanyahu refers to ‘his people’ (referring to them as “my people”), the Beitar La Familia goons (Israel’s own version of the Blackshirts) are definitely part of the milieu he is referring to.

  23. Bob_Salad
    July 7, 2014, 11:10 pm

    Not for nothing, but the Palestinians’ could use some miniature remote controlled drones equipped with GoPro cameras. That this brutal and horrific beating was captured and successfully pushed up the social media pipe has, for want of a better expression, been very effective PR.

  24. Kate
    July 7, 2014, 11:19 pm

    Anyone who wants to see photos of Mohammed Abu Khdeir’s burned body can just Google his name and then choose Images at the top of the page. There are a couple of post-mortem photos among the others. I advise you not to, though, esp. if you want to sleep tonight.

  25. Jon66
    July 7, 2014, 11:23 pm

    Am I the only one here old enough to remember Rodney King? Riots followed the acquittal of the cops and then they finally sent them to prison after a federal trial. Beating an unarmed suspect is never justified.

  26. Kate
    July 7, 2014, 11:32 pm

    Business as usual, Israeli troops beating up three young Jerusalem men (16, 17, and 20) Saturday. Of course we won’t see them on the front page of the New York Times since they aren’t American.

    link to maannews.net

    Israeli officers beat 3 East Jerusalem teens
    Published yesterday 22:46
    Abdul-Rahman Abu Dalou
    JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Three young Palestinian men from the Wadi al-Juz neighborhood of East Jerusalem say they were “brutally” beaten by Israeli troops who stormed a house in the neighborhood Saturday.

    Mahir Abu Dalou told Ma’an Monday that Israeli soldiers broke into a building belonging to his family late on Saturday evening. He added that his son Abdul-Rahman, 17, cousin Ammar Abu Dalou, 20, and their friend Majd Jamal Siyam, 16, were in the front yard of the building when the soldiers broke in.

    Israeli officesr then “brutally” assaulted the three with rifle butts and clubs. The officers, he added, threatened to “beat and shoot my brother and my wife.”

    Abu Dalou added that his son Abdul-Rahman was taken to hospital for stitches after he sustained cuts in his face. Ammar Abu Dalou, he added, sustained bruises all over his body, while Majd Siyam was stopped for an hour after he was beaten on his head.

    “The soldiers treated us savagely under the guise that young men who partook in the clashes in the neighborhood were hiding in our house,” added Abu Dalou.

    • MahaneYehude1
      July 8, 2014, 12:06 am

      @Kate:

      Indeed, Business as usual: Also Jews were attacked and beaten in many places in Israel mainly in the Triangle, Ara valley, the Negev and of course in Jerusalem.

      • seafoid
        July 8, 2014, 4:07 am

        Mahane

        What did you think of the Ha’aretz editorial yesterday ?

        link to mondoweiss.net

        “Abu Khdeir’s murderers are not “Jewish extremists.” They are the descendants and builders of a culture of hate and vengeance that is nurtured and fertilized by the guides of “the Jewish state”: Those for whom every Arab is a bitter enemy, simply because they are Arab; those who were silent at the Beitar Jerusalem games when the team’s fans shouted “death to Arabs” at Arab players; those who call for cleansing the state of its Arab minority, or at least to drive them out of the homes and cities of the Jews.

        No less responsible for the murder are those who did not halt, with an iron hand, violence by Israeli soldiers against Palestinian civilians, and who failed to investigate complaints “due to lack of public interest.” The term “Jewish extremists” actually seems more appropriate for the small Jewish minority that is still horrified by these acts of violence and murder. But they too recognize, unfortunately, that they belong to a vengeful, vindictive Jewish tribe whose license to perpetrate horrors is based on the horrors that were done to it.

        Prosecuting the murderers is no longer sufficient. There must be a cultural revolution in Israel. Its political leaders and military officers must recognize this injustice and right it. They must begin raising the next generation, at least, on humanist values, and foster a tolerant public discourse. Without these, the Jewish tribe will not be worthy of its own state. ”

        Or is everything fine since they are so cruel in Syria ?

      • Walid
        July 8, 2014, 5:25 am

        Sticks and stones will break his bones but Ha’aretz’ words will never harm him, seafoid. He proud of his country, Israel; he proud of its leaders.

      • MahaneYehude1
        July 8, 2014, 5:38 am

        @Seafoid:

        I have to learn from you how to copy and paste. It is easy, don’t need efforts and the English is perfect, so, here goes:

        “Is anyone calling for peace?

        Yes. In recent days, Israelis have held anti-racism rallies to counteract hatred on both sides, including groups of Israeli Jews who were seen yelling “Death to Arabs” after the Israeli teens’ killings. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called on Palestinian and Arab leaders to join his public calls for an end to the killings. “We don’t differ between terror and terror, and against both we will act harshly. And I don’t differ between incitement and incitement in the state of Israel,” he said Sunday, adding, “We will not let extremists — it doesn’t matter from which side — bring bloodshed to the area.”
        Last week, the family of Frankel, the slain Israeli-American teen, also condemned Khedair’s killing. Frankel’s uncle Yishai Frankel, who works to bring Palestinians into Israel’s high-tech sector, said he feels as good as ever about “the good people” he works with. “It’s no secret that every society has bad people,” he said.
        And the family attorney for beaten teen Tariq Abu Khdeir told CNN’s “New Day” on Monday, “We need, really, all sides right now to just stop this disgusting cycle of violence where innocent children, both on the Israeli and Palestinian side, are being killed and injured almost daily nowadays.”

        Source:
        link to edition.cnn.com

      • seafoid
        July 8, 2014, 7:56 am

        “We will not let extremists — it doesn’t matter from which side — bring bloodshed to the area.””

        Why is Israel planning a campaign in Gaza ?
        Because the public wants revenge. It’s getting too hot in Israel and they need to cool off.

        link to theguardian.com

      • just
        July 8, 2014, 8:05 am

        It’s surreal that almost everything I have read and heard on MSM leaves out that Israel meted out COLLECTIVE punishment on the Palestinians for the 2 weeks prior to the discovery of the three teens bodies…..and that Hamas was blamed from the moment the teens disappeared.

        It’s as though even recent history is being rewritten to give Israel “cover”. Never mind that this entire thing was orchestrated by Israel in order to destroy the Unity government and Palestinians.

        I won’t forget.

        And after the government screamed for revenge, a horrible act of extreme violence followed by yet another grabbed the headlines and Israel wants the victim role back– NOW. They want to change the narrative, but it won’t work.

      • eljay
        July 8, 2014, 8:10 am

        Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called on Palestinian and Arab leaders to join his public calls for an end to the killings. “We don’t differ between terror and terror, and against both we will act harshly. And I don’t differ between incitement and incitement in the state of Israel,” he said Sunday, adding, “We will not let extremists — it doesn’t matter from which side — bring bloodshed to the area.”

        What a laughable comment by Bibi, King of the Jews, leader of the oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State” of Israel – a state that has been engaged, for over 60 years, in an ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction, torture and murder.

        I look forward to Bibi calling “on Palestinian and Arab leaders to join his public calls” for Israel:
        – to end its ON-GOING occupation and colonization of Palestine;
        – to withdraw to within its / Partition borders;
        – to honour its obligations under international law;
        – to accept responsiblity and accountability for its past and ON-GOING (war) crimes; and
        – to enter into sincere negotitations for a just and mutually-beneficial peace.

      • Walid
        July 8, 2014, 9:28 am

        “Why is Israel planning a campaign in Gaza ?”

        Because the Mondial is on; you know how Netanyahu (missed opportunity during Tienanmen Square golden quote) thinks when there is a major world distraction in progress.

      • adele
        July 8, 2014, 4:53 am

        my1 –
        you need to back up your statements with sources.

      • MahaneYehude1
        July 8, 2014, 5:35 am

        @Adele;

        Please, don’t be naive. Open any balanced news web site.

      • adele
        July 8, 2014, 9:24 am

        Naïveté has nothing to do with it my1, you need to provide facts, without it your words and accusations are empty and make you look foolish.

        I know you don’t know much about how civil society works but in a court of law the person who makes the accusation has to prove the allegation. Hence, it is not my responsibility to look for the events that you claim occurred, it is yours.

      • talknic
        July 8, 2014, 5:28 am

        MahaneYehude1 “Also Jews were attacked and beaten in many places in Israel mainly in the Triangle, Ara valley, the Negev and of course in Jerusalem”

        Interesting. I’d like to read about these incidents ….. what are your sources? I’ve only been able to find these!

        link to google.com

        link to google.com

        link to google.com

        link to google.com

        HELP! I’ll wait ……

      • MahaneYehude1
        July 8, 2014, 6:03 am

        @talknic:

        OK, let’s start with several photos from Israeli-Palestinian cities and towns from the last week:

        Qalansawe:
        link to google.co.il

        Tamra:
        link to google.co.il

        Taibe:
        link to google.co.il

        And articles from news web sites:

        link to ynetnews.com

        link to ynetnews.com

        link to haaretz.com

        link to jpost.com

        link to ynetnews.com

        link to haaretz.com

        I also saw several cars attacked by stones in Sharafat, 300 meters from my home in Jerusalem (Sharafat is small Palestinian neighborhood in the south, near Pat and Gilo).

      • Ellen
        July 8, 2014, 7:29 am

        MY1 your links report “clashes” and incidents. This we all know about. But no beatings of Jewish Israelis individuals as you claim above.

        Not saying it could not happen, but if and when it does (always tragic) you can be sure it will get wide and loud coverage.

      • Annie Robbins
        July 8, 2014, 8:15 am

        mehane, why don’t you pick one blockquote/paragraph you think epitomizes the point you are trying to make, or to support your claim instead of using this as an opportunity to spam the thread with a bunch of links mostly about the recent protests. nobody should have to work/go on a fishing expidition to find your meaning. and technically ‘arabs throwing rocks at security forces’ is not, by definition, palestinians targeting jews. especially when it was the security forces that showed up and attack funeral processions…etc etc.

      • seafoid
        July 8, 2014, 8:34 am

        Mahane

        you really let yourself down when you told us Jews were being attacked and beaten by Palestinians and you linked to the army. Very poor behavior. Tsk tsk.

      • Mooser
        July 8, 2014, 6:46 pm

        “Also Jews were attacked and beaten in many places in Israel mainly in the Triangle, Ara valley, the Negev and of course in Jerusalem.”

        You guys should really think about drawing definite borders, it might help. Oh, what’s that? You say you’ve got thousands of Jews out beyond any possible legal borders for Israel? Ever hear the expression “tethered goats”. Gosh, if I weren’t a good Jew, I might conclude Zionism deliberately exposes Jews to danger to advance its own ends.

  27. wes
    July 8, 2014, 3:26 am

    i watched the video,but cannot identify the guy getting beaten because his face is covered…in fact everyone in the video has his face covered

    how was the tarek indentified as the guy in the video.

    • Djinn
      July 8, 2014, 5:47 am

      wes says:
      July 8, 2014 at 3:26 am
      i watched the video,but cannot identify the guy getting beaten because his face is covered…in fact everyone in the video has his face covered

      how was the tarek indentified as the guy in the video.

      The people taking the video were neighbours so they likely recognised him before the cops started the beating. They knew what he was wearing how tall he was, how he was built. He most likely yelled before being rendered unconscious and so they recognised his voice. At the end of the video when the cops are dragging out his limp body there were people around, they recognised him. It’s really not that difficult to see how.

    • Walid
      July 8, 2014, 5:48 am

      Are you suggesting Tareq could have simply fallen off his bike?

    • Daniel Rich
      July 8, 2014, 6:24 am

      @ wes,

      Q: how was the tarek indentified as the guy in the video.

      R: Actually, twas a training exercise with life dummies…

      I had that the other week and that guy just kept running into my fist. Again and again and again…

      Some people…

    • MahaneYehude1
      July 8, 2014, 10:04 am

      @Annie:

      For several days I sent only one link and wrote in my words what happening in my country. Many here wrote that I don’t backup my arguments with sources. So, I sent sources and now I am the one who is spamming the site. Next time, just say so once and finish with that. And yes, Jews were beaten and attacked. In Qalansawe, Palestinians stopped cars, and asked the drivers their nationality in order to attack Jews only. Please, don’t close your eyes. Please, see my links, at least this one:

      link to ynetnews.com

      I hope we finish with this issue. We have more to discuss.

      • Mooser
        July 8, 2014, 10:11 pm

        “Palestinians stopped cars, and asked the drivers their nationality in order to attack Jews only”

        Isn’t it great! When we attack, we are no longer Jews, we are Israelis, and a state’s gotta do what a state’s gotta do! Ah, but when somebody (allegedly) attacks us, suddenly we are “Jews” again, individual, helpless Jews.

    • Mooser
      July 8, 2014, 3:06 pm

      “i watched the video,but cannot identify the guy getting beaten because his face is covered”

      Alimentary, my dear Watsonowitz! Obviously, the guy who was beaten must be among those with no bruises or concussions! It’s all so clear when one thinks about it logically!

    • Mooser
      July 8, 2014, 10:14 pm

      “i watched the video,but cannot identify the guy getting beaten because his face is covered…”

      Gosh, what a terrible responsibility! How did you get stuck with that job? Oh well, if you can’t identify the victim, well, case dismissed!

  28. German Lefty
    July 8, 2014, 6:25 am

    Yesterday, Chris Hayes did a segment titled “Beaten Florida teen released in Israel”.
    link to msnbc.com

  29. seafoid
    July 8, 2014, 9:40 am

    That photo at the top of umm Tariq (Mrs Abu Khdeir) is the perfect antidote to Netanyahu’s hatred

    link to haaretz.com
    “Day after day, month after month, throughout the years of his government, Netanyahu has never missed an opportunity to speak of Palestinians as monsters, lacking morals and infinitely brutal. Not a week has gone by without him frightening us with warnings that they are rising up against us to murder us. So we cannot talk with them about an agreement, about peace, about life, because they are simply inhuman, they’re not human beings. . “

  30. RobertB
    July 8, 2014, 12:10 pm

    Newly-released Surveillance Footage Shows Faces of Mohammed Abu Khdeir’s Likely Abductors

    Sunday July 06, 2014 20:55

    “A video that was released to the media on Sunday, but which has been in the hands of Israeli police since Wednesday, shows a different angle of the same incident captured by a separate surveillance video, in which 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir is forced into a car.

    The video was released by the website Electronicintifada.net, which stated “The footage comes from a security camera on the building owned by Hussein Abu Khdeir, Muhammad’s father.”

    The original video was handed over to police two hours after the boy’s disappearance, before his body had even been found. The video released to the Electronic Intifada appears to have been recorded by a cell phone camera filming the TV screen playing the original. Israeli police can be heard in the background talking, so they were present when the cell phone video was taken, but were apparently unaware that the original had been recorded. If they had, based on their usual mode of operations, they would have demanded that the copy be handed over as well.

    Soon after the release of the second surveillance video by the media on Sunday, Israeli police announced that they had detained six suspects, all of whom are right-wing Israelis associated with the Beitar Jerusalem football team “

    link to imemc.org

  31. RobertB
    July 8, 2014, 12:20 pm

    31 Palestinians Kidnapped In Occupied Jerusalem

    Tuesday July 08, 2014 by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies Report post

    Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Tuesday at dawn, 31 Palestinians, including children, in different neighborhoods in occupied Jerusalem, and various surrounding nearby Palestinian communities.

    Click on link for details:

    link to imemc.org

  32. Shuki
    July 8, 2014, 5:01 pm

    If his uncle in Florida says he was just minding his own business when the cops in Israel grabbed him, it must be true.

    Anyone throwing rocks or Molotov Cocktails at the cops has little basis to complain about their beat down. Hopefully young Tariq has learned his lesson.

    • Mooser
      July 8, 2014, 6:41 pm

      “If his uncle in Florida says he was just minding his own business when the cops in Israel grabbed him, it must be true.”

      Ah yes, when contrasted against the impeccable record of unimpeachable veracity accrued by Zionists, I wonder why we even bother to ask a Palestinian American what happened at all. We should probably just rely on the Zionists.

    • eljay
      July 8, 2014, 6:45 pm

      >> Anyone throwing rocks or Molotov Cocktails at the cops has little basis to complain about their beat down.

      Anyone engaging in terrorism, ethnic cleansing, land theft, oppression, occupation, colonization, destruction, torture and murder has little basis to complain about reprisals…and yet the Zio-supremacists still do.

      Aggressor-victimhood is such a tough gig… :-(

  33. Citizen
    July 8, 2014, 6:23 pm

    Fox news narrative a minute ago: Israel has condemned murders & beatings of Palestinians while HAMAS has praised murder of the 3 Israeli teens. This obscures the reality into an apparent blood feud. Make sense to you? Fox News thinks it will. As usual no context re occupation, ethnic cleansing of natives.

    5 days ago CNN investigators said the Israelis “at this stage cannot say who did this killing. … The Israeli military destroyed the homes of the two suspects in the killings of the three Israeli teens. … Hamas praised the kidnappings but denied that it was responsible…”

    Anybody got more on how the narrative is going now in US TV news media where most Americans get their daily dose of news?

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