Israel Sends Palestinian-American Teen to House Arrest

Tariq Abu Khdeir, 15, a high school student from Florida, was arrested and beaten in East Jerusalem during clashes over the killing of his cousin.

Tariq Khdeir
Tariq Khdeir appearing in a Jerusalem courtroom on July 6, 2014. Reuters

Israeli police say a 15-year-old Palestinian-American who was severely injured during clashes with Israeli security forces last week has been sentenced to nine days of house arrest.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says a Jerusalem court on Sunday ordered Tariq Abu Khdeir to remain at home in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina.
Israeli police say an American teenager who was detained during violent protests over the killing of a Palestinian youth has been brought before a court.

Abu Khdeir's parents say their son, who goes to school in Florida, was beaten by Israeli police during clashes over the killing of Mohammed Abu Khdeir who Palestinians suspect was killed by Israeli extremists in a revenge attack. The two young men are cousins.

Police say Tariq Abu Khdeir resisted arrest, attacked officers and was carrying a slingshot for lobbing stones when he was arrested.

The U.S. State Department said it was "profoundly troubled" by reports of his beating and demanded an investigation.

"We are calling for a speedy, transparent and credible investigation and full accountability for any excessive use of force," stated State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki. "We reiterate our grave concern about the increasing violent incidents, and call on all sides to take steps to restore calm and prevent harm to innocents."