Tampa teen back home after detained in Israel

Tampa, FL -- A Bay area teenager is back on United States ground after being attacked in Israel.

Tampa International Airport was flooded with friends, family and media to welcome home Tariq Khdeir on Wednesday night.

"It feels so good to be back in Tampa, I cannot even put it in words," said Tariq.

The 15-year-old said he was brutally attacked by Israeli police while he was at a demonstration in Jerusalem.

"It was by far the scariest thing that has ever happened to me," said Tariq.

Officers claimed that Tariq was throwing rocks at the protest in retaliation for his Palestinian cousin Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was murdered following slayings of three Israeli teens.

"I hope you will all also remember my cousin, a 16-year-old Palestinian," said Tariq. "He was just a kid like me and this whole thing started because he was killed."

"I hope you will not forget what happened to my son and I hope you will also remember that my nephew Mohammad, who does not have an American citizenship, is dead," said Tariq's mother, Suha Khdeir.

Tariq spent nine days on house arrest and says it was his faith, the Tampa community and the national media that brought him home to Tampa.

"I got through these past two weeks, because I knew you were all thinking of me, praying for me and sending me messages to support me," said Tariq.

Tariq appeared to be looking good physically, but his family is concerned about his emotional and mental state.



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