Supporters of Palestinian-American Teen Beaten by Israeli Police Seek to Bring Him Home

Friends and family post pictures on social media with hashtag 'Bring Tariq home.'

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Tariq Abu Khdeir is hugged by his mother Suha after he was released from detention in Jerusalem on July 6, 2014.
Tariq Abu Khdeir is hugged by his mother Suha after he was released from detention in Jerusalem on July 6, 2014.Credit: AP

The Council on American-Islamic Relations seeks to bring Tariq Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian-American teen who was severely beaten last week, back to the United States within the next two weeks, as friends and family posted pictures on social media with the hashtag "Bring Tariq home," ABC Action News reported this week.

The 15-year-old boy, who attends high school in Florida, is being held under house arrest in Israel after he was beaten severely, allegedly by Border Police officers, after being detained at a protest over the killing of his cousin.

Six Jewish extremists have been arrested in the kidnapping and murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, which came after the kidnapping and murder of three Jewish teens in the West Bank.

"Right now, the family is just concerned about getting back to Tampa, Florida, as soon as possible so Tariq can get the medical treatment that he needs," ABC quoted Hassan Shibly, the family's attorney and the executive director of the Florida branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, as saying.

"Tariq is just your average, regular Tampa high school student," Shibly was quoted as saying. "He likes to take selfies, play basketball, go fishing. He's not used to being in a conflict zone."

The council is calling on people to ask U.S. President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress to ensure his immediate release from house arrest and safe return to the U.S., as well as to fully investigate the incident and "hold those responsible accountable for their disgraceful actions."

A court ordered Abu Khdeir on Sunday to remain at home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina.

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