Selective Outrage: State Dept. Asks Israel To Probe Alleged Beating Of American Teen


tariq-khdeirThe State Department confirmed on Shabbos that American citizen Tariq Khdeir is being held by Israeli authorities in Yerushalayim and called for an investigation into reports he was severely beaten while in police custody, amid escalating violence in the Middle East country.

Agency spokeswoman Jen Psaki said an official from the U.S. Consulate General in Yerushalayim this weekend visited the 15-year-old Khdeir.

“We…strongly condemn any excessive use of force,” Psaki said. “We are calling for a speedy, transparent and credible investigation and full accountability for any excessive use of force.

Khdeir’s Arab cousin, 16-year-old Abu Khdeir, was recent seized from his home and found dead in a forest Wednesday.

Israeli police said an investigation is still underway and they have not yet determined who killed the boy or why.

Tariq Khdeir, who goes to school in Florida, was beaten by police during clashes on Thursday ahead of his cousin’s funeral.

His parents, Suha and Salah, say Tariq was detained but had been treated at an Israeli hospital. They released photos showing his face swollen and badly bruised.

Tariq’s father said he witnessed his son’s arrest and insisted the boy was not involved in the violence.

The Israeli police say the youth resisted arrest and attacked police officers. He was detained with a slingshot in his possession used to hurl stones at police, along with six other protesters, including some armed with knives, police said, adding that several officers were hurt in that specific protest, one of many that day.

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  1. The media are having a field day in anti-Israel propaganda. MSNBC has run the headline “Palestinian youth killed in apparent revenge attack” for 4 DAYS straight! (it usually changes headlines every few hours, maximum 24 hours). The video of this “youth” which has engendered all the histrionics is typical “Rodney King” where the attacks on the police prior to the subjugation and beating were edited out.

  2. When Naftali Frenkel HY”D was kidnapped and he was an American citizen we did not hear a word from the State Dept. But when this Arab kid who threw stones and attacked Israeli police gets a good beating the State Dept is appalled.
    This is the attitude of the Obama administration.

  3. isn’t it amazing? there is never an excuse for beating anyone, but how come naftali frenkel was an ‘israeli’ and not ‘an American teen’?

  4. They did what had to be done. Its too obvious.
    Whoever follows the news about whats going on there can’t get over Israel’s perseverance on a daily basis that those beasts are causing.

  5. That scoundrel is an American citizen worth the
    attention of the US State Dept. after attacking
    police officers and involvement in terror activities.They did what had to be done. An innocent yeshiva student who was abducted was not even mentioned. Shame on those behind the title US state depart