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Israeli court orders severely beaten Palestinian-American teen to house arrest

July 06, 2014
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [Jerusalem] [Israeli border police] [Palestinian Diaspora] [culture of impunity]

Tarek Abu Khdeir after being beaten by the Israeli police.

An Israeli court Sunday sentenced 15-year-old Palestinian-American Tarek Abu Khdeir, who was severely beaten and subsequenlty arrested by Israeli security forces last week during clashes in Jerusalem, to nine days of house arrest.

A Jerusalem court on Sunday ordered the boy to remain at home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina. He is also banned from returning to the adjacent neighborhood of Sho’fat where his beating and arrest took place. His parents were forced to pay a fine of nearly 3,000 shekels (about 800 USD). 

Videos taken by residents in Sho’fat show Israeli security forces severely beating the 15-year-old boy on Thursday last week during protests surrounding the brutal murder of Palestinian teen Mohammad Abu Khdeir from Sho’fat. Tarek and Mohammad Abu Khdeir are cousins.

“It’s not only the settlers, but the whole Israeli army that is brutally treating Palestinian citizens, including children. This video is a proof of what happens on a daily basis throughout Palestine. Israelis and the Israeli army can not be allowed to act with impunity against international and humanitarian law,” Dr. Mustafa Barghouti told Palestine Monitor. 

Tarek Abu Khdeir was taken to a Jerusalem police station following the beating on Thursday, which took place around 6 pm. Israeli police reportedly delayed treatment of his wounds until 1:20 am, when he was transferred to Hadassah Hospital. 

The 15-year-old’s family was not permitted to see him until he was hospitalized, according to the Palestinian prisoner support group, Addameer. 

News of the teen’s conditional release came as the US State Department said it is “profoundly concerned” by the police violence. 

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the US “strongly condemn(s) any excessive use of force.”

“We are calling for a speedy, transparent and credible investigation and full accountability for any excessive use of force,” she added in a statement to the press. 

The 15-year-old is a student at the Universal Academy of Florida high school in Tampa, local news agencies reported. He is one of 11 Palestinians beaten and arrested in the Sho’fat neighborhood on Thursday, according to Addameer. 


The video, obtained by Palestine TV, shows Israeli border police punching and kicking the 15-year-old boy before dragging his limp body out of an alley and towards an awaiting jeep.


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