Israel accused of targeting kin of Palestinian teen

Washington - The US on Wednesday charged Israel had targeted members of a Palestinian family whose teenage son was kidnapped and killed in July along with two cousins, who are US citizens.

Tensions between Palestinians and Israelis in annexed east Jerusalem plunged to a new low on 2 July when 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khder was snatched from an east Jerusalem street and later found burned alive.

Israeli police arrested six alleged Jewish extremists as suspects and on 17 July charged three, freeing the others.

The death of the Palestinian teen - thought likely in retaliation for the abduction and killing of three Israeli Students in late June - sparked rioting and helped unleash the conflict under way in Gaza between Israel and Hamas.

Family singled out

Three days after his death, on 5 July, the US slammed Israel's arrest of a 15-year-old cousin, Tarek Abu Khder, aged 15, a US citizen. He was beaten in detention and has since been freed and returned to Florida.

On 28 July, another cousin of Abu Khder, also American, was arrested in Israel as well, the State Department said on Wednesday.

Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf identified him as "Mohammed Abou Khdeir," which would mean his name is the same as his murdered cousin's.

"We can confirm that Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a US citizen, was arrested on 28 July. The US consulate general in Jerusalem is providing consular assistance. A consular official visited him on 14 August. The consulate is also in contact with Mr. Khdeir's family and his lawyer," Harf said.

"We are concerned that the US consulate general in Jerusalem was not notified of his arrest by the government of Israel. We are also concerned about the fact that members of the Khdeir family appeared to be singled out for arrest by the Israeli authorities," Harf added

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Mikaeel Adam 2014/08/21 12:16:01 PM
So I suppose everyone will say Israel was justified in their actions? They want any excuse to murder, exterminate and eradicate!! The wheel turns I spectacular fashion!
Anita Solomon 2014/08/21 12:30:27 PM
the kidnap and murder of ANY innocent person is a crime - from what I see israel investigated, caught and CHARGED Israeli extremists of the crime - what I dont see though, are the Hamas extremists who kidnapped and murdered the Israeli teens charged with anything....
David Jones 2014/08/21 12:42:06 PM
US Secretary of State has burnt so much jet fuel trying to make Netanyahu to make peace with Hamas and time is ticking one does not want to see Israelis regretting that. The biggest worry is when Hamas has mastered the accuracy of their rockets and I see them getting there next time around. Remember they have already tried their luck with the Dimona nuclear plant reactor. Its worrying where Prime Minister Netanyahu is taking Israel
Mikaeel Adam 2014/08/21 02:18:43 PM
@Brink. Wow. Some serious words. Last time I checked, when someone verbally abuses another over an exchange of viewpoints, the one who insults is the one who is full of hatred and Satan's influences.
Mikaeel Adam 2014/08/21 02:21:09 PM
And by the way, Katherine is not pro islamist or whatever you people accuse of being. She is stating a mere fact! Even the Zionists believe that killing innocent children is justified. In a recent poll, 85% of Jews felt that Israel was justified in what they were doing! She is stating fact! Nothing more and nothing less.
Mikaeel Adam 2014/08/21 02:22:57 PM
@brink. You have issues, seriously!
Kobus Van der Linde 2014/08/21 02:23:12 PM
Cyberfriend 2014/08/21 02:42:22 PM
Hi in reply to a question earlier regarding how are the Palestinian people oppressed? ,which in my respectful view is akin to apartheid, I would like to draw your attention to a respected Jewish Professor's cry,to date approximately 50 signatories signed it,all signatories are Jewish amongst them Doctors and Professors. I reply in this way this in order to avoid being accused of bias, please note the following"The signatories to this statement, all academics at Israeli universities, wish it to be known that they utterly deplore the aggressive military strategy being deployed by the Israeli government. The slaughter of large numbers of wholly innocent people, is placing yet more barriers of blood in the way of the negotiated agreement which is the only alternative to the occupation and endless oppression of the Palestinian people. Israel must agree to an immediate cease-fire, and start negotiating in good faith for the end of the occupation and settlements, through a just peace agreement.
Kobus Van der Linde 2014/08/21 06:13:33 PM
Nope regarding the civilians. 850 were hamas confirmed. 85% of the remaining are pro-hamas and helped them build tunnel / hide rockets / did what they asked as per Sharia law like stand on mosques and on roofs of buildings. Many in civilian clothing opened fire from densely populated areas. So maybe 30 civilians that are not pro-hamas and 150 pro-hamas civilians. Why did they not hide in shelters. THey have 10 x more shelters than in israel but why should is about martyrdom. Afghanistan...20,000 innocent (we think innocent) civilian deaths. In IRAQ in 2001... just under 15000 deaths of civilians.
LillypopDaisydoll 2014/08/23 06:53:18 AM
Katherine u been smoking ur socjs again??!! Go do some homework and come back again.