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Family of Tarek Abu Khdeir calls for his immediate release after brutal beating and arbitrary arrest

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Video of Tarek Abu Khdeir being attacked by Israeli police from Channel 4.

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 before his injuries. (Photo provided and published with consent from the Abu Khdeir family)

Tarek Abu Khdeir before his injuries. (Photo provided and published with consent from the Abu Khdeir family)

Despite needing critical medical attention for severe injuries to his head and face, the Israeli authorities denied medical treatment for 5 hours before he was transferred to Hadassa Hospital. He was then taken directly to court and is currently in detention at the notorious Russian Compound (al-Maskobiya), known for its harsh interrogations.

His father, Salah Abu Khdeir, asked that his son be seen at a hospital of the family’s choosing, but was denied, and was subsequently denied having an Arab doctor present during Tarek’s treatment. Although his son was unconscious, he was chained to the bed. 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.

He has not yet been formally charged, though prosecutors claim he was throwing stones despite being unable to provide any evidence to the court.  When asked by the court under what basis Tarek was being held, prosecutors said they were still “collecting evidence.”  His hearing is scheduled for Sunday.

Tarek is in dire need of medical attention and his family is calling for his immediate release after this brutal beating and arbitrary arrest.

Tarek Abu Khdeir following his injuries. (Photo provided and published with consent from the Abu Khdeir family)

Tarek Abu Khdeir following his injuries. (Photo provided and published with consent from the Abu Khdeir family)

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  1. just on July 5, 2014, 12:44 pm

    I also read that he speaks little Arabic and no Hebrew. More Israeli cruelty on full display.

    Where is our State Department/US ambassador??? Still chowing down on kosher hotdogs? Oh wait, here’s an article about clan Shapiro/Fisher just yesterday!

    “Modern family in the U.S. ambassador’s residence ”

    • Denis on July 5, 2014, 3:07 pm

      Yeah, it brings to mind that MW piece of about a year ago re: the US embassy’s ‘tude on helping Americans: Don’t call us unless you’re Jewish.

  2. ritzl on July 5, 2014, 4:01 pm

    Tweeted to @JohnKerry. The difference in effort expended by our US Secretary of State between AbuKhdeir (someone he can help) and Frenkel (someone he couldn’t help) is simply astonishing.

  3. DaBakr on July 5, 2014, 4:06 pm

    you should specify which abuKhdeir so there is no confusion about which one you mean Kerry could offer help to (even if it seems obvious to you)

  4. stopaipac on July 5, 2014, 4:12 pm

    My local congressperson, Barbara Lee, supports “robust military aid” to Israel (according to J Street PAC, from where she is getting sizable campaign donations to spend on unspecified “expenses”). She also, without intended irony, calls herself a “renegade for peace and justice”. The truth is that this military aid is being used to injure Americans. While Barbara Lee is certainly not alone, indeed here, she is a “complete conformist for war and oppression”, i wonder if Lee or any other congressperson will say anything about this treatment of an American citizen.

  5. just on July 5, 2014, 5:18 pm

    RT is broadcasting the video of Tarek’s brutal beating, they bring up the Nakba murders, and the results of Mohammed’s autopsy that “he was burned alive”, then shows the protests……..

    Thanks, RT.

    • lysias on July 5, 2014, 5:58 pm

      We now have to go to Russian media to learn the truth. Who would have thought?

      • just on July 5, 2014, 6:06 pm

        I never would have…

        In this evening’s broadcast they also covered Ukraine and ISIL.

        All the US MSM covered this morning was the hurricane that wasn’t and other fluffy stuff.

      • Daniel Rich on July 6, 2014, 2:58 am

        @ lysias/just,

        Count me in as well. I even stopped blinking when I read this headline China, Russia beat US in new corporate transparency report.

        If you want to know more about what’s really happening in the Ukraine try Vineyard of the Saker.

        @ Tarek Abu Khdeir,

        I apologize for what has been done to you. I’m very sorry and deeply ashamed.

  6. Penfold on July 5, 2014, 5:59 pm

    Fear not people the Israeli police are looking into this matter with an open mind and will get to the bottom of the case soon and the perpetrators will be dragged before the courts… Oh wait.

    “Israeli police dispute the video, which a spokesman told ABC was “edited and biased” and “does not represent the events.””

    You would think that there is a specified amount of time you would wait (say a couple of days) before issuing the standard form letter and whitewashing.

    • Kay24 on July 5, 2014, 7:30 pm

      Disgusting liars. Every video that has surfaced showing their numerous crimes against unarmed civilians is always dismissed as doctored. Didn’t we see the same pattern when the two kids were killed during the Nakba anniversary, and their dishonest ambassador Oren, lied and pretended they may have even been alive at that stage. I have never seen such prevaricators in my life. From the top to the sewers, it is in their psyche to blatantly lie, even when there is strong evidence that show they are.

      • Daniel Rich on July 6, 2014, 3:34 am

        @ Kay24,

        Yes, the word ‘projection’ comes to mind. The ‘you do what we do’ ploy. I listened to BBC World News today [my wife actually, but I happened to be in her room] and the story went on about twitter/social networking/etc. and how some pictures had been uploaded/shown that turned out to be fakes [about what goes on in the ME/Palestine]. The BBC twat coldly proclaimed that ‘you have to bring the truth to the table -or something along that line7 and when another guest mentioned the IDF facebook pages, she countered halfway the sentence ‘Yeah, but those pages have now been removed!”

        If I didn’t know any better I think she might have been wearing one of those special ‘earpieces’…

  7. joer on July 5, 2014, 7:23 pm

    I wonder if any of those soldiers are also Americans, and if so can they be held criminally or civilly responsible because the child is also an American.

    • just on July 5, 2014, 11:20 pm

      I’ll never understand how an American is allowed to serve in a foreign country’s armed service.


      • DaBakr on July 5, 2014, 11:54 pm

        US fought for Canadian, Brits, French in ww1/2. French also ‘allowed’ its citizens to fight for the patriots as well.

        Maybe there should just be a law that no US citizen can volunteer for the IDF is what you mean to say.

      • adele on July 6, 2014, 12:13 am

        Can you imagine if a Palestinian-American went to fight on behalf of Palestine? They would be jailed upon their return and/or their citizenship revoked. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Goldberg served in the IDF as a prison guard during the first intifada, Rahm Emmanuel was a civilian volunteer assisting the IDForces during the 1991 Gulf War, and on and on.

        The hypocrisy is so blatant.

      • RoHa on July 6, 2014, 1:22 am

        As I have said before, when I registered my son at the British Embassy to establish British citizenship for him, I was warned (by the British Embassy) that service in any armed forces other than US armed forces could jeopardise his (natural born) US citizenship.

      • Citizen on July 6, 2014, 6:59 am

        @ just
        It use to be intent to give up US citizenship was implied by various activities such as service in a foreign army or voting in a foreign election. SCOTUS changed the litmus test to be one of intent–in the mid-1960s if memory serves; hence, with the exception of a few activities such as service in a foreign diplomatic corps or as an officer of a certain grade in a foreign military, an American must declare his or her intent to give up US citizenship to achieve such status. Here’s some dated info:

      • joer on July 6, 2014, 7:30 am

        My point is that the boy’s status as an American citizen may give him status to take action in an American court, and the court’s ruling could have some meaning if any of the soldiers beating him is also an American. (I know a lot of Americans do the Birthright thing and then take some time off to live in Israel and run around Palestinian villages in body armor-until they come home to America and settle down. )I think that there is some law that makes it illegal to harm an American anywhere in the world. Even if the U.S. government doesn’t prosecute anyone under that law, the kid’s family should be able to sue any American involved and collect damages-I mean, in reality if there was a Birthright alum involved, both he and the boy would essentially be Americans on vacation. If these same two Americans were on a cruise and one pushed another overboard, I would think the family of the victim should be able to sue. So why not in this case?

      • Citizen on July 6, 2014, 5:46 pm

        @ joer
        You are a dreamer. Wake up.

      • joer on July 6, 2014, 8:20 pm

        Besides winning damages, which admittedly is unlikely, a trial would give publicity to the Palestinian cause-and Israel would be on trial for once. Sometimes trials capture the public interest- like O.J.-if it deals with important issues, is easy to understand, and has a lot of strong personalities. I’m just saying I hope the Abu Khedeirs are considering it.

      • ritzl on July 6, 2014, 9:36 pm

        Interesting, joer. Walid mentioned that the Klinghoffer family sued and settled with the PLO. Whatever mechanism allowed them to do that might be available in Tariq’s case. The question of state actors doing the beating may fold into that though.

        I hope the Abu Khdeir family finds a way.

      • Walid on July 7, 2014, 2:22 am

        ritzl, in the eyes of the American justice sytem, the situation with the Abu Khdeir family is much different from the Klinghoffer’s as the injured party is American but of Palestinian roots and the claim would have to be against the State of Israel, which in the USA is a non-starter. For the Klinghoffers, the case was accepted by the U.S. District Court in Manhattan. For the Corrie’s, the American courts dismissed their case against Israel because it was deemed more political in nature than legal. You also have other cases of Americans getting killed or injured in Israel like Emily Henochowicz, Tom Hurndall, Tristan Anderson and others but these cases involving Israel are never accepted by the US justice system. In the case of Klinghoffer, the crime happened on an Italian ship off Egypt’s coast but it was nonetheless accepted by the Disctrict Court in Manhattan. Another US court ruled against Iran for the Buenos Aires bombing which had all the markings of an Israeli false flag operation.

        The Abu Khdeir family has a zero chance of being heard in an American court.

      • ritzl on July 7, 2014, 9:01 am

        Thanks, Walid.

    • Walid on July 6, 2014, 6:55 am

      France’s Islamophobe par excellence, Marine Le Pen, would do away with dual citizenship; there are thousands of Frenchmen that served or have served in the Israeli army but I think she has mostly Algerians on her mind when she’s campaigning for it.

      • joer on July 7, 2014, 11:46 am

        I don’t know if any of the Israeli soldiers involved in the beating have dual U.S./Israeli citizenship, but if they did, could they be sued as an individual? If two Americans are overseas and one beats another senseless, it seems like the victim should have some recourse when they get home. I don’t know what the law is-but a trial like this would help educate the public plus it would help the Abu Khdeirs with what is sure to be a very expensive physical and emotional recovery.

      • Citizen on July 7, 2014, 11:57 am

        @ joer
        Good question.
        Walid? Explain yourself. Thanks!

  8. Fatina on July 5, 2014, 8:14 pm

    From CAIR:

    Tariq Khdeir is a sophomore in High School at the Universal Academy of Florida in Tampa,Florida and an American-born citizen. We need all of you to make some important phone calls right now. Please see below! 


    We have received calls from around the world, if you are not in the US, please call your Israeli and US embassy and demand Tariq Khdeir be released immediately to return to the US. If you are calling from within the US please call the below contacts and say you want Tariq Home !!!

    The Israeli Embassy Washington at 202-364-5500, Dial 8 for emergencies while the embassy is closed and demand Tariq Khdeir be released from custody. Ask to speak to a supervisor and get answers. Keep Calling if Busy.The State Department at 202-647-4000  Press 4 for operator and ask for the overseas citizens services duty officer. They are aware of the situation, tell them why you are calling and ask them to intervene and get Tariq Khdeir home. Keep asking for a supervisor, make your voice heard. Send This Action Alert to everyone you know ! Post it on your Facebook and share with all your friends. We need your help to get Tariq home. 

    CONTACT: CAIR-Florida Chief Executive Director Hassan Shibly, 813-541-4321, [email protected]; CAIR-Florida Regional Operations Director Nezar Hamze, 954-673-9459, [email protected]; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,[email protected]

    Thank you all for all you do here!


    • just on July 5, 2014, 11:22 pm

      Thank you Fatina. It’s good of you to give these numbers here.

      I’ve done what I must.

    • ritzl on July 7, 2014, 9:08 am

      Fatina, FYI here in N Alabama Tariq’s beating was a top story on at least two local [email protected] shows. At least one was sympathetic, the other more neutral.

      People are paying attention, even here.


      Thanks for the ccontacts. Useful.

  9. Kate on July 5, 2014, 9:09 pm

    The American MSM ARE covering this story and that of Tariq’s cousin Mohammed’s horrific death. Too well covered outside of the US to ignore, apparently. Especially important that it is on TV, since most people in the US don’t read newspapers.

    CNN on New Day this morning:
    video with Ben Wedeman in Jerusalem, who was himself attacked by Israeli forces with a rubber-coated steel bullet on Friday (bad mistake, Israel) – though Wedeman did keep saying ‘according to the Palestinians’.
    Palestinian teen burned alive, autopsy shows
    By Kareem Khadder, Samira Said and Susanna Capelouto, CNN

    Wall Street Journal:

    Associated Press:

    ABC television news:

    and many more.

    • Walid on July 6, 2014, 6:59 am

      I’ll say it again, Ben Wedeman is one of the good guys. Most likely that the attack on him was not accidental.

  10. just on July 5, 2014, 9:26 pm

    Thanks for that round- up, Kate.

    I tuned in yesterday and this morning to US MSM, found precious little. Found a report on RT this evening. I have read more online, but perhaps tomorrow on the Sunday Faces Parade, we will see/hear the impact that this has had on the US MSM.

    As to wounding Ben Wedeman– truly a crime as it always is when any journalist is targeted. It is indeed a stupid and grievous ‘mistake’ by the IOF.

    This could well be the moment when Americans get the truth about the ‘ally’ that always gets a free pass. Hopefully. When any human hears about burning a youth alive, it raises hackles and disgust. This was terrorism– terrorism incited by some Israeli ‘leaders’.

    (You are a treasure, Kate. Thank you.)

    • Kate on July 6, 2014, 1:42 am

      “you are a treasure” Not really, just, but thanks! So many thousands of people trying to get justice for Palestine, and still we’re just at the beginning, it seems.

  11. Bumblebye on July 5, 2014, 9:32 pm

    And this from Yahoo via Reuters:

    “State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed that the teen, Tariq Khdeir, was being held by Israeli authorities in Jerusalem and said a consular officer visited him on Saturday.

    “We are profoundly troubled by reports that he was severely beaten while in police custody and strongly condemn any excessive use of force. We are calling for a speedy, transparent and credible investigation and full accountability for any excessive use of force,” Psaki said.”

    • just on July 5, 2014, 9:39 pm

      The freaking ambassador Shapiro should have visited him and freed him from the odious and awful prison.

      The US always calls for ‘blah, blah, blah’ and we are fed happy horse manure and most of the masses swallow it dutifully.

      NO MORE!

      • Shingo on July 6, 2014, 6:18 am

        “Israeli police dispute the video, which a spokesman told ABC was “edited and biased” and “does not represent the events.””

        And they have the chutzpah to complain about conspiracy theories that “blame the victim” or question the government version of events when we are shown no evidence whatsoever about the murder of the 3 Jewish boys.

        For all we know, they could still be alive right?

      • wondering jew on July 6, 2014, 7:24 am

        Shingo- If (when) truth is on your side, you attack a liar or an equivocator by showing his lies and being totally honest yourself. If someone is floating stupid scenarios on the other side of the divide, you ignore that fact and talk as logically and as sensibly as possible. Or so I think. This “for all we know, they could still be alive right?” is not necessary or helpful if you are a man of truth with truth on your side. If you start playing that game, you are playing the game of liars and conceding the contest for truth to another day.

      • Shingo on July 6, 2014, 6:22 am

        The freaking ambassador Shapiro should have visited him and freed him from the odious and awful prison.

        If it had been Iranian police doing this, not Israeli, John Kerry would be sounding off like Moses, the liberal left would be wailing like they did over Neda and laughing a massive PR blitz on and McCain and Graham would be calling for the bombing of Tehran.

  12. Shuki on July 5, 2014, 11:33 pm

    Arbitrary arrest? When they’ve edited out all the footage from before the police had him in custody, how can you credibly make this claim? Likewise doubtful that the pics ‘from the hospital’ are him and/or related to this incident. There is no way they are going to take a prisoner to the hospital under those circumstances and let him sit unrestrained among others while his photograph was taken.

  13. chocopie on July 6, 2014, 12:43 am

    They’re calling for an investigation?? Why aren’t they calling for his immediate release into US custody? He’s a minor and has been severely beaten. If he were a Jewish American child beaten in Egyptian custody, the US would surely demand his release.

  14. Kate on July 6, 2014, 1:39 am

    I emailed a relative in the western US to ask if she had seen anything about the story in the MSM – she replied that she certainly had, and that it was the lead story on CNN online. The Israelis are going to have some trouble explaining this one away.–teen-beaten/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
    The story includes interviews with Tariq’s parents in Florida and a representative of Human Rights Watch. Video of the beating shown. Ben Wedeman shows the spot were Tariq’s blood is still visible on the ground. There is a link to the story of the murder of his cousin Mohammed.
    Tariq’s ‘trial’ should be starting about 2 1/2 hours from now. Wonder if there will ever be any trials of the border police who beat him.

    • Penfold on July 6, 2014, 3:27 am

      “Tariq’s ‘trial’ should be starting about 2 1/2 hours from now. Wonder if there will ever be any trials of the border police who beat him.”

      At a guess the worst thing that will happen to the thugs that beat him will be a reduction in rank for exposing Israeli actions to the world and embarrassing its leaders.

      You are dealing with people who deny every wrong doing no matter how much evidence there is against them there is little to no chance anything will come of this investigation and for once I think the State Department also know this which is why they inserted the word “credible” into their request for an investigation.

    • Kay24 on July 6, 2014, 7:58 am

      It is indeed Kate. I was surprised to see this as the top story this morning. This time Israel’s terrorists in masks, picked the wrong kid. If they knew he was American, and it could backfire on them, they would have picked a poor Palestinian kid, with no voice, who would not have had this support and concern from the US, and this story would never have made headlines. Americans can now see Israel’s brutality and hypocrisy, and this may open their eyes to the real situation finally. Bibi may have thumped his chest and called Palestinians “human animals”, but it seems after the disgusting murder of Tariq’s cousin, Bibi has realized that the human animals on his side have been exposed and that Americans are finally able to get the truth, that has been hidden from them by the US media. Israel looks bad now.
      CNN is just reporting Tariq has been released and is under house arrest for a while.
      Tariq is lucky his parents brought attention to this as Americans, there are thousands of Palestinian kids with no voice. I am glad Tariq is getting the help he needs and will physically heal from this horrible ordeal.

      • Justpassingby on July 6, 2014, 8:16 am


        Unfortunately we have earlier seen killing of americans by israel doesnt bother us gov.

  15. Daniel Rich on July 6, 2014, 4:47 am

    Missing are videos of the attack:

    Warning Graphic Images

    Angle 1.

    Angle 2.

  16. just on July 6, 2014, 8:09 am

    Good report by Wedeman this morning– CNN still reporting on it 7 minutes in. Tarek is out on ‘house arrest’ and interviews with his mom x2. They said they have arrested 6 people under suspicion of the murder of Mohammed– ‘now, it looks like the murder was by “Israeli extremists”‘ (paraphrased).

    (Why don’t we call them ‘terrorists’ when they are Israeli/US?????)

    Oh and they reported that Psaki said that “we are troubled”… TROUBLED?

    • Justpassingby on July 6, 2014, 8:25 am

      on CNN:
      Some nasty comments though, still good that it gets some reporting.

    • Kay24 on July 6, 2014, 9:00 am

      Yes, isn’t it ironic they have “nationalists” or “extremists”. It seems those illegal settlers have gone too far this time.
      The US State Department calls their crimes “terroristic activities”, therefore calling them terrorists are quite appropriate. From the Israeli side, every kid who throws stones, every Palestinian arrested, are all terrorists, and they call little Palestinian kids “terrorists” too.
      Look who has human animals now.

      • Citizen on July 6, 2014, 9:35 am

        Bulldoze Homes of Jewish Terrorists, Too (With Those Free Bulldozers From USA) – Forward Thinking

    • just on July 6, 2014, 9:44 am

      Mairav Zonszein notices the ‘dissonance’ as well:

      “Six suspects identified as “Jewish extremists” were arrested in connection to the heinous murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, police revealed as details began emerging about the investigation Sunday morning. All details about the investigation have been kept under gag order since the 16 year old was kidnapped and burned alive, an incident that sparked clashes and riots in Shuafat that spread to other parts of Israel in recent days.

      It is important to point out that following the kidnapping/murder of the three Israeli teenagers on June 12, headlines in Israeli media and statements from the government quickly deemed it a “terror” attack perpetrated by ”terrorists” backed by the “terrorist” organization Hamas – before any evidence was shown or any suspects arrested. However, in the case of Abu Khdeir’s murder, the suspects are, at worst, “Jewish extremists” or from the “far-right.”

      While the Abu Khdeir family claimed from the very beginning that this was an act committed by Jewish Israelis because their son was Palestinian, rumors spread (many believe by the Israel Police itself) that this was an inter-family honor killing, possibly because the victim was gay. However, that baseless claim was completely ruled out Sunday.”

      • Citizen on July 6, 2014, 10:00 am

        Nothing tells you more than Bibi’s swift declaration that the 3 Jews who were murdered was caused by HAMAS–in the face of HAMAS saying it had nothing to do with it, when normally their profile is to proclaim responsibility. In contrast, the Israeli spoke people immediately declared that it’s questionable whether or not the murderers of the Palestine kid were motivated by private obsessions or nationalistic obsession.

  17. just on July 6, 2014, 8:50 am

    No mention of Hamas :

    “HEBRON (Ma’an) – Israeli forces stormed the Qarn al-Thour neighborhood in Hebron in the southern West Bank after midnight Sunday and detained a young Palestinian man in connection with the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers weeks earlier.

    Family members and Palestinian security sources confirmed that Israeli troops detained Husam Dufish from his home. The Israeli intelligence accuses Dufish of involvement in the killing of the three teens along with Amir Abu Eisha and Marwan al-Qawasmi. ”

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