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Video: Israeli border police brutally beat Palestinian youth (Update)

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Update: The person in the video is 15-year-old Palestinian-America Tarek Abu Khdeir. Rania Khalek reporting for Electronic Intifada:

Salahedeen Khdeir, Tariq’s father, told The Electronic Intifada by phone from Shuafat that the Palestinian in the video is his son Tariq and that the footage was recorded by neighbors who then released it to a Palestinian media outlet.

Salahedeen says Tariq was visiting his uncle’s house in an area devoid of clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians when he and five other youths were attacked in the yard by two masked Israeli police agents.

Tariq was roughed up the worst, beaten so badly that he lost consciousness. But that didn’t stop the Israeli forces from arresting Tariq and the others without charge and preventing Tariq from receiving medical treatment for five hours.

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International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) posted this horrific video of Israeli border police brutally beating a Palestinian man in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shufat yesterday.

Palestine Today TV posted a video which shows masked Israeli border police in riot gear beating and kicking a Palestinian man until he lost consciousness.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that he was unaware of the incident and had not seen the images, according to Ma’an.

In another article IMEMC  reports on the brutal Israeli police assault on a 15-year-old Palestinian-America child named Tarek Abu Khdeir from Tampa, Florida (whom we featured earlier today here). Israeli police are refusing to look at a surveillance video showing Abu Khdeir’s assailants. Tarek Abu Khdeir is the cousin Muhammad Abu Khdeir who was burned alive on Wednesday and laid to rest today.  

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society over 170 Palestinians have been injured since Monday, at least six being journalists.

Tarek Abu Khdeir (Photo provided and published with consent from the Abu Khdeir family)

Tarek Abu Khdeir (Photo provided and published with consent from the Abu Khdeir family)

Good looking kid:


Tarek Abu Khdeir pre-assault



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19 Responses

  1. Citizen on July 4, 2014, 9:38 pm

    US tax dollars at work.

    • on July 5, 2014, 12:55 am

      this should be sent to those stupid brainwashed and probably highly pressured socalled christian presbyterians who so adamantly tried to prevent the real true christian presbyterians from voting to divest.
      i heard their pleas and it just made me sick. i wonder what their responses would be after seeing this. oh i know, their jewish “brothers” as they so tearfully described them as, will probably say the video was photoshoped by anti-semetics.

  2. annie on July 4, 2014, 10:18 pm

    here is another video, you can see the police dragging the youth away.

    haaretz has posted both this one and the one above stating they are both ‘youths’.

    • just on July 4, 2014, 11:43 pm

      I saw the video earlier. There’s no excuse/explanation that I can listen to anymore. As long as it is sanctioned and incited by the Israeli government, then the GoI needs to be held accountable for crimes against humanity.

      And so do their goons need to hit the brig, the courts and then punished if found guilty. That is, IF Israel has even a shred of democracy/decency left.

      • W.Jones on July 5, 2014, 12:37 am

        There’s no excuse/explanation that I can listen to anymore. As long as it is sanctioned and incited by the Israeli government, then the GoI needs to be held accountable for crimes against humanity.


        Yes, when I look at these photos, I am moved. The population is so helpless under the conqueror’s permanent total harsh control.

        What do you think about Chomsky’s claim that it’s “utterly hypocritical” for boycott activists to hold to hold the state accountable because it’s “100 times worse in the US or England”, and “much worse” in Egypt?

      • annie on July 5, 2014, 12:50 am

        just, i just updated w/an excellent link to EI who spoke with the kids family. see the section called “kangaroo court”

        When Salahedeen showed the video of Tariq’s beating to the judge, he said, she was appalled and asked the officers why they beat a boy who was handcuffed. She also asked why Palestinian youths arrested for throwing stones appear in court with bruises while Israeli Jewish youths arrested for throwing stones appear unharmed.

        The officers responded, “When we tell the Jewish kids to stop throwing stones, they stop and let us lock them up. But the Palestinians kids want to fight,” recounted Salahedeen.

        she was appalled but she wouldn’t release him so they could interrogate him further? she should be locking up the officers.

      • just on July 5, 2014, 8:36 am

        And that is the apartheid state at worked by masked and armed goons. The Israeli youths are escorted and protected by the police/IOF and the Palestinian youths?

        Poor child– poor children. And they tried to blame this on a “family feud.” One children murdered, his cousin beaten unconscious and then jailed. Both of these young Palestinians were slightly built– no threat to armed sadists.

      • Woody Tanaka on July 5, 2014, 8:58 am

        “Both of these young Palestinians were slightly built– no threat to armed sadists.”

        Oh, they were threats, all right, with their unforgivable non-Jewishness and their existence as Palestinians in Palestine, they were threats all right.

  3. Justpassingby on July 5, 2014, 1:40 am

    Where the heck is the heinous Judi Rudoren now?

    • adele on July 5, 2014, 4:57 am

      the rudoren is probably on a tel aviv beach wearing her zio-tinted sunglasses wondering what more she can do to ensure that the Israel-Dreamcastle facade doesn’t crumble.

      • just on July 5, 2014, 8:40 am

        And watching fireworks (from Apache helicopters, etc) & sipping spiked Sodastream — you know in celebration of Independence Day.

  4. seafoid on July 5, 2014, 8:49 am

    972 has a video of the mob attacking a Palestinian on a bus

    A Jew is by the nature of his creation a purer being. Similarly with the holiness of the land: The soil of Israel is essentially holier, the stones are holier because the land was destined by God to serve as the place of the Children of Israel. And the buses are also holier.

  5. ckg on July 5, 2014, 10:01 am

    CNN and EI both report that US State Dept will not comment because of privacy. My understanding is if Tarek’s family would like US government agencies to discuss the case with the media, a parent of Tarek would need to sign a privacy waiver presented by US consulate.

  6. Djinn on July 5, 2014, 11:14 am

    One of the settler kids who was murdered was a US citizen, I don’t recall them refusing to comment on that crime due to privacy concerns.

  7. joecommon on July 5, 2014, 12:23 pm

    benyanin netanyahu’s failure to condemn these acts is indicative of his support for land theft and genocide. Mayby he wants to be monster in chief like his mentor, Adolf?

  8. joecommon on July 5, 2014, 12:26 pm


  9. Stephen Shenfield on July 5, 2014, 1:06 pm

    Maybe the incitement of mass anti-Arab hysteria is part of a hidden strategy aimed at ethnic cleansing? At some point the Israeli government may declare that it is necessary to remove Palestinian citizens of Israel from mixed areas and/or further restrict the movements of all Palestinians “for their own safety” (professing inability to ensure their safety by any other means).

  10. Xpat on July 5, 2014, 11:42 pm

    I was raised in the Jewish community to accuse all Germans of the Holocaust. “They knew what the Nazis were doing. Why did they say nothing?” Of course, that’s nonsense. But look at the blatant hypocrisy of all those fine American Jews who delicately turn a blind eye now that it’s the Jews who are the racist, murderous thugs.

    Meanwhile, Rabbi Jacobs who fought tooth and nail to save the Occupation from the hands of the Presbyterians issues lofty statements:
    With no evidence, he judges the murder of the three Jews teens as “senseless”. He then implies that the Palestinians are Nazis.
    Another plausible reading of the kidnappings is that the three were seized as bargaining chips, like Gilad Shalit. They were only shot when the kidnappers feared they had been busted by the 9-1-1 call. But that reading doesn’t fit into the narrative that the only reason the Palestinians could fight the Israelis is because the Palestinians are just anti-Semites.
    Thanks for your vision and spiritual leadership, Rabbi.

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