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VIDEO: Israeli police beat American teenager in E. Jerusalem

(Updated below)

+972 on Friday published video of Israeli police beating a Palestinian who was already in their custody in Shuafat, East Jerusalem, a day earlier. The victim was later revealed as a teenaged American citizen who was visiting his cousins at the time.  Tarek Abu Khdeir, 15, who was visiting from Tampa for the summer, is a cousin of the Muhammad Abu Khdeir, who was kidnapped and murdered days earlier.

The video shows what appear to be two undercover Israeli border policemen kicking and beating a detainee, whose face is also covered, while he appears handcuffed, pinned down and barely moving, Mairav Zonzein reported for +972. After the two finish beating him they drag him over to a group of other Israeli police forces, including both undercover and uniformed riot police.

A judge extended Tarek’s remand until Sunday, Palestinian human rights NGO Addameer reported. He has not been charged with a crime. From Addameer:

On 3 July, around 8pm, Tarek was brutally beaten, primarily in his face and head, and arrested without any charges or accusations brought against him. He was taken to a police station despite his family’s requests that he be urgently treated at a hospital for his injuries. According to Tarek’s father, the Israeli police delayed treatment for about 5 hours until 1:20AM, when he was transferred to Hadassa Hospital. The family was denied access to Tarek until his hospitalization.

American citizen Tarek Abu Khdeir, 15, after being beaten by Israeli police. (Photos provided to Addameer by the Abu Khdeir family.)

American citizen Tarek Abu Khdeir, 15, after being beaten by Israeli police. (Photos provided to Addameer by the Abu Khdeir family.)

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel responded to the video of the beating with a demand that senior police officials strongly condemn such acts and ensure that officers respect the rule of law.

“The silence from these officials in response to instances of unjustified violence is tantamount to giving a green light to the use of excessive force by security officers,” ACRI wrote.

Update (11:20 p.m.):
The U.S. State Department confirmed that Khdeir was visited by a consular official 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,” spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a statement. “We are calling for a speedy, transparent and credible investigation and full accountability for any excessive use of force.”

Update (12:30, July 6):
A Jerusalem court ordered Tarek released on NIS 3,000 bail and nine days of house arrest outside of the Shuafat neighborhood, which he must stay away from for a period of 15 days.

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    1. Josef

      Not content with terrorising Palestinian kids, the IDF now seem to be targeting US citizens. Why the hatred against the US?

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