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Israel orders brutalized American teenager to house arrest

July 6, 2014 12:46 A.M. (Updated: July 7, 2014 3:23 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli court prepared Sunday to send to house arrest a Palestinian-American teenager who 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 Ma'an.

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 day before.

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.
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