State Dept: Aid Teenage US Citizen Beaten by Israeli Police

Tarek after beating & at home in Florida. Photos via Addameer & CAIR

A 15-year-old Palestinian-American youth was severely beaten by Israeli police in East Jerusalem on July 3. The beating was caught on video. According to the human rights group Addameer, the victim, Tarek Abu Khdeir, from Tampa, Florida, was beaten by two undercover Israeli police in the yard of his uncle's home in East Jerusalem.

Tarek, who sustained serious injuries to the face and head was arrested and held without charge by Israeli police, who denied him access to medical care for five hours. Tarek is a relative of Mohamed Abu Khdeir, the 16-year-old Palestinian boy found burned to death on Wednesday in what was apparently an act of retribution by Israeli extremists for the killing of three Israeli teenagers.

Urge the State Department, the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, and the U.S. Consulate in East Jerusalem to protest Tarek’s beating by Israeli police, to demand that he receive adequate medical attention and due process, and to attend his court hearing on Sunday morning.

UPDATE 7/6/14: Tarek is out of jail on bail, sentenced to house arrest in Bein Hanina until his scheduled departure for the US. The State Department issued a statement calling for an investigation into the beating, and we will continue to follow the matter to ensure the Israeli authorities follow through. Thank you to the 12,600 of you who took action on Tarek's behalf!