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Israeli police ransack Tariq Abu Khdeir family home and arrest relatives in apparent revenge raid

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The Abu Khdeir home following vandalism by the Israeli police. (Photo provided by Hassan Shibly)
The Abu Khdeir home following vandalism by the Israeli police. (Photo provided by Hassan Shibly)

Just hours after 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir left for Ben Gurion International Airport to return home to Tampa, Florida, Israeli police raided and ransacked the home of his family in the Shufat neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem. The police arrested Abu Khdeir’s uncle and cousins without charges.

The Israeli motive appears to have been revenge for the family’s role in publicizing CCTV footage of Abu Khdeir’s brutal beating at the hands of Israeli police, and their public campaign to secure his return to the US.

Abu Khdeir had been jailed without charges after being beaten inches from his life during rioting in Shufat in protest of the murder of his cousin, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, by Israeli nationalists seeking vengeance. Footage of the beating was aired on news outlets around the world:

By beseeching a shockingly obstinate Florida congressional delegation to agitate for Abu Khdeir’s release and return home, his family generated further media attention, throwing the Israeli government on the defensive. Under pressure from the US State Department, Israeli police finally released the brutalized teen on July 16.

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The Abu Khdeir home following vandalism by the Israeli police. (Photo provided by Hassan Shibly)

According to Hassan Shibly, the director of CAIR-Florida and legal counsel to the Abu Khdeir family, Tariq Abu Khdeir headed for the airport with his parents at 6 AM on July 17. Back in Shufat, the day passed without any disturbances. At 1 AM, however, a squadron of Israeli police burst into the Abu Khdeir family home in Shufat and ransacked the place, smashing furniture and emptying cabinets with reckless abandon.

The Abu Khdeir home following vandalism by the Israeli police. (Photo provided by Hassan Shibly)
The Abu Khdeir home following vandalism by the Israeli police. (Photo provided by Hassan Shibly)

The police left with Tariq Abu Khdeir’s 59-year-old uncle, Iesa, in handcuffs, along with his cousins Musaa and Anen.

Musaa Abu Khdeir’s mother told Shibly she was informed by a magistrate judge that her son and Iesa Abu Khdeir would be released but they remain in custody.

According to Shibly, the family is “terrified.”

As the army bombards Gaza by sky and invades it by land, pushing the civilian death toll over 200, the police raid back in Shufat suggests that Israel’s thirst for revenge has become insatiable.

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What I have to say is very foul and will not contribute to any conversation…

I can say this, though: they profess belief in Judaism and a higher power, and they act like the Devil himself. Pure, malicious evil.

Just when you think that they couldn’t sink any lower they manage to find another sub basement.

Just shocking in its deliberate callous vindictive spiteful thuggish nastiness. Uppity Palestinians who publicise the beating of a young man will get put in their place – prison without trial, humiliation and no doubt more beating. You think they can’t sink any lower into the moral cesspit, but here they… Read more »

Evil, malice and hatred, the hallmarks of the Israeli armed forces. This is adding insult to injury. This family has been through agony, with the gruesome death of their child, and the horrible beating of another kid, and now the zionist nazis, once again show their savagery, trashing this home.… Read more »

my dad never allowed me to publicize his awful experience at Ben Gurion saying he thought Israel would retaliate against his family. I thought he was being paranoid. Not any more.