Jul 07 2014
Two Palestinian boys from the same family are at the center of Israeli retaliation for the kidnapping and murders of three Israeli teens. Sixteen year old Mohammad Abu Khadeir was found dead in East Jerusalem after being kidnapped in a car, his body burned. Autopsy reports have shown that he was burned alive. Days of protests in Arab towns and cities culminated in the arrest of 6 suspects by the Israeli government.
Meanwhile, a fifteen year old boy from the same family, Tarek Abu Khadeir, was savagely beaten by Israeli police during the protests. He was denied medical treatment, jailed, and his family fined. Tarek is a US citizen of Palestinian descent, who was visiting relatives on vacation when he was beaten and arrested. After days of lobbying by advocacy groups and his family here in the US, he was sentenced to 10 days of house arrest and released from prison. His beating was captured on video by a neighbor and can be viewed online.
Israeli raids have killed 9 people in the Gaza strip, most of them members of the group Hamas, according to the Israeli government, which blames Hamas for the deaths of the three Israeli teens.
GUESTS: Amal Abu Khadeir, Mohammad’s cousin, and Sanah Abu Khadeir, Tarek’s aunt
Click here to watch the video of Tarek Abu Khadeir being beaten by Israeli police and his unconscious body being dragged.
There will be protests in California this week in solidarity with Palestinians against the Israeli attacks. In San Francisco, people are gathering this afternoon from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM in front of the Israeli Consulate, 456 Montgomery St. at California St.
And in Los Angeles there will be a demonstration tomorrow, July 8th, from 4pm-7pm, also in front of the Israeli consulate, 11766 Wilshire Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90025.
Special thanks to Haia Radwan, our newest intern, for help with this story.