Israeli court prepared
send to house arrest a
was filmed being brutally beaten by police during clashes in
Jerusalem, an attorney said.
Tarek Abu Khdeir, 15, will be released to house arrest for
nine days, an attorney for the rights group Addameer told
Abu Khdeir's family, which was visiting Jerusalem on holiday,
was scheduled to depart within the same time period.
Among the conditions for release are a bail of 3,000 shekels
($877). He will also not be permitted to enter the Shufat
area and must remain in Beit Hanina.
Abu Khdeir was beaten in the Shufat neighborhood
Thursday night by Israeli police in the yard of his uncle's
home and arrested without charges.
The boy was taken to a police station following the beating,
and police delayed treatment of his wounds until 1:20 a.m.,
when he was taken to Hadassa Hospital.
His family was not permitted to see Tarek until he was
hospitalized, Addameer said.
News of his conditional release came as the United States
said it is "profoundly concerned" by the police violence.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the US
"strongly condemn(s) any excessive use of force," in the
wake of Abu Khdeir's case.
"We are calling for a speedy, transparent and credible
investigation and full accountability for any excessive use of
force," she added in a statement.
The teen is a student at Universal Academy of Florida high
school in Tampa, local news website 10 News reported.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations had earlier called
on the US State Department to secure Tarek's release.
Tarek was one of 11 Palestinians who were beaten and
arrested in the neighborhood on Thursday, Addameer said.
Video footage of the beating emerged Thursday.
The video, posted on Youtube by Palestine Today TV, shows
what appears to be masked Israeli police in riot gear
beating, kicking, and stamping on a Palestinian.
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld has called the
video "edited and biased."
Tarek was born in the US and is a cousin of Muhammad
Abu Khdeir, the 16-year-old Palestinian who was abducted
and murdered Wednesday, in an apparent revenge attack
against the killing of three Israeli teens who were buried the
Abu Khdeir's death sparked mass protests in East
Jerusalem, especially the Shufat neighborhood, and other
West Bank areas, leading to clashes with Israeli forces in
which hundreds have been injured.