US 'Troubled' by Video of Israel Forces Beating American Teen

Israel has detained six individuals on Sunday who may have ties to the murder of a Palestinian teenager, Mohammad Abu Khdair, who was abducted near his home in East Jerusalem earlier this week and later found burned to death in a wooded area outside the city.

According to Al-Jazeera:

Also on Sunday, an Israeli court ordered a cousin of the recent murder victim, a 15-year-old American named Tariq Khdair, who was filmed being beaten while handcuffed by two Israeli Border Police officers to remain under house arrest while an “investigation” is conducted into the incident which occurred head of Mohammad’s funeral on Thursday.

In comments to reporters after his release on Sunday, Tariq said that he was not participating in protests—only “watching” when he was grabbed by what he believes were Israeli police officers who grabbed him from the side. “And they hit me,” Tariq said, “and they kept hitting me and then I fell asleep and then I woke up in the hospital.”

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The treatment of Tariq prompted a response by the U.S. government which released a statement cautiously objecting to possible ‘excessive force’ by Israeli police.

Photographs posted online Saturday showed Tariq’s badly swollen face:

As Euronews reports: