15-year-old US citizen Tariq Abu Khudeir, the cousin of slain Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khudeir, has been placed under “house arrest” by the Israeli government today after being savagely beaten by police and detained for his involvement in a protest against his cousin’s murder.
Footage of Khudeir being beaten by Israeli police was obtained by the US State Department, which said it was “profoundly troubled” by the story, and called for a “credible investigation” into the beating.
Police are charging Khudeir with “rioting,” and is facing nine days of house arrest, pending an investigation by riot police into the charges. His family was forced to pay $877 bond and promise to keep him at a relative’s home outside of Shuefat neighborhood, where the killing and the protest occurred.
Khudeir and family were planning to return to the United States on July 16, having gone to Israel for the cousin’s funeral. It isn’t clear if he’ll be allowed to leave the country, as police seem keen to get some charges to stick against him in the face of the savage beating.