Boy In Beating Video Row Under House Arrest

A teenager who was filmed apparently being beaten by Israeli forces is to be put under house arrest for nine days.

Tariq Abu Khadair’s family claim the 15-year-old American boy of Palestinian descent was punched and kicked by police.

His relatives say he is the cousin of Mohammed Abu Khadair, who was killed in Jerusalem earlier this week.

The 16-year-old Arab boy was apparently burned alive and his death sparked days of violent protests.

Palestinians believe Mohammed was killed by Israeli extremists in a revenge attack after three Israeli youths were found dead.

A number of Jewish suspects have been arrested over Mohammed’s killing.

Police claim Tariq resisted arrest, attacked officers and was carrying a slingshot for hurling stones when he was held during clashes with security forces.

A court has ordered the youth to remain at home in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Beit Hanina.

The mobile phone footage of the alleged attack on Tariq – said to have been recorded in East Jerusalem – was released by a human rights group that described it as state sanctioned violence against children.

His mother, Sohair Abu Khadair, told Sky News that at least one officer did not want her to see her son at hospital.

She said: “I was in a complete state of shock. I couldn’t believe it.

“There was a police officer in front of his room door that didn’t want to let me in to see him until my husband had spoke to him.

“And then he finally said ‘you can go in, just don’t touch him, don’t speak to him, don’t get near him’. He was handcuffed. His ankles were handcuffed to the bed.”

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said America was “profoundly troubled” by the reports and “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 said.

Micky Rosenfeld, national spokesperson for the Israeli police, told Sky News the video was “edited” and “biased”.

Mr Rosenfeld said: “It does not represent the events that took place before the actual arrest.”

He added: “Throughout the day in east Jerusalem there were hundreds of rioters, many of them masked, that hurled pipe bombs, Molotov cocktails, fireworks and stones at our police officers.

“And as a result of that, 15 police officers were injured during clashes by Palestinians.

“The suspect himself was one of six masked Palestinians that were arrested by undercover police officers. Three of them were armed at the time.”

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Source: orange.co.uk
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