US Cousin of Slain Teen Beaten, Jailed in Jerusalem
State Department asked to intervene on behalf of Tampa's Tariq Khdeir
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2014 9:50 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A Tampa high school student protesting his cousin's murder in Jerusalem this week is now the center of an international story himself. Tariq Khdeir, 15, who is spending the summer with Palestinian relatives in Jerusalem, was beaten by Israeli forces during a protest on Thursday and is still being detained, reports WTSP. "You can see video of them really stomping on his face," says an official with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has circulated video of the arrest and photos of the teen's swollen and bruised face. Police say the video is "edited and biased."

Khdeir's relatives say he was taken into custody near the home of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was abducted and killed earlier in the week, reports CNN. Israeli police say the US teen was participating in clashes, had a slingshot to hurl stones at officers, and resisted arrest, reports AP. “How does a 15-year-old American student end up attacking security officers and rioting with hundreds of masked Palestinians?” asks a police spokesperson, as quoted in the New York Times. CAIR wants the State Department to intervene on the teen's behalf, and a US consular official was to meet with him today ahead of a court hearing tomorrow, reports the New York Times. (An autopsy shows that his Palestinian cousin was burned alive.)

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Jul 7, 2014 4:46 PM CDT
So a spoiled little brat goes to another country. Joins a mob that is throwing rocks at authority. Allowed to run around by his whiny doting mother while carrying a slingshot that could kill someone. Gets a well deserved beat down and is now a poster boy for the for the liberals and racist Palestinians. He is fortunate that they did not shoot him. If he is not reprimanded instead of lauded we will be reading about him again.
Jul 5, 2014 6:05 PM CDT
Wake Up Americans. Israel is going to be the ultimate downfall of the United States. They take our cash ($4+ Billion a year,) plus we give the planes, wmd (they have over 150 Nukes, thanks to Uncle Sam) and other weapons and what does Israel give us in return? More lies (Iraq + terrorists = 9/11) and therefore we must invade Iraq, so lets bomb Afghanistan instead to build up the war effort to attack from all sides. Israel is bitching about Iran maybe getting 1 Nuke, so we follow the lead, for why? Doesn't America have 5000+, same with the USSR, Israel, like I said has 150+ nukes, so whats the problem America? Israel is, thats who. The longer we keep sleeping in the same bed with Israel, while at the same time trying to bed down the Arabs to make peace, something has to give. We are a nation that just 238 years old. Why in the world have we not learned from history, ever? The worlds greatest nations have done at one time or another, what we are trying to do today. That is conquer the world. The Greeks, Egyptians, Sumerians, etc, all tried to rule the world at the expense of its own citizens. Where did that leave most of those nations? BROKE!! We are $20+ Trillion in debt, and the right wants more war! For what? If a nation such as Iraq, or Afghanistan can't stand on their own feet after 10+ years of American help, NOTHING will ever work. We wasted several thousand lives for no reason at all. America isn't any better off today than we were 14 years ago before GWB took the horns. We had a budget surplus and in less than 14 years to $20 Trillion in debt. WTF..
David Allen Kuhn
Jul 5, 2014 5:58 PM CDT
Never heard of an American going to another country and throwing rocks at the police there, HES NOT AMERICAN !