Tampa teen beaten, jailed in Jerusalem
An official statement has been made on the detention of Tariq Khedir by the U.S. Department of State Spokesperson:
"We can confirm that Tariq Khdeir, an American citizen, is being held by Israeli authorities in Jerusalem. He was visited by an official from the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem today.
We are profoundly troubled by reports that he was severely beaten while in police custody and strongly condemn any excessive use of force. We are calling for a speedy, transparent and credible investigation and full accountability for any excessive use of force.
We reiterate our grave concern about the increasing violent incidents, and call on all sides to take steps to restore calm and prevent harm to innocents."
Tampa, Florida – A Tampa teenager is being detained in Jerusalem following an attack carried out by Israeli defense forces, claims the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
"You can see video of them really stomping on his face," said Hassan Shibly, executive director with CAIR-Florida.
Tariq Khdeir, a 15-year-old student at the Universal Academy of Florida high school in Tampa, was attending a demonstration following the death of his cousin, Mohammed Abu Khdeir.
The 16-year-old Arab teen was killed by a suspected Israeli extremist in a revenge attack following the deaths of three Israeli teens who were abducted in the West Bank last month.
"He was at a protest… this Israeli soldier cracked down on the protest and started picking people up (and) he was one of the people that they attacked," Shibly said.
Graphic pictures released by CAIR shows Tariq Khdeir with a swollen face and bruise marks under his right eye and around his mouth.
CAIR says that the Israeli government is not providing the Bay area resident -- who was in Palestine for the summer -- with proper medical treatment.
"We're calling on the state department to do everything within its power to make sure that this American kid is released as soon as possible."