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CAIR: Israeli Army Brutally Beats Florida High School Student

Tariq-thumbCAIR-Florida ask U.S. Department of State to intervene on behalf of American citizen

(TAMPA, FL 7/04/14) — The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida) today called on the U.S. Department of State to demand that Israel immediately release 15-year-old Palestinian-American high school student Tariq Khdeir so that he may receive emergency medical attention after being brutally beaten by Israeli forces. Khdeir's beating was captured on video. 

VIDEO: Soldiers Holding Tariq Khdeir Down and Brutally Beating Him

On July 3, Khdeir, cousin of kidnapped and murdered Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was beaten by Israeli soldiers and incarcerated with severe medical injuries. His family has reported to CAIR-Florida that he seems to have a broken nose, broken chin and his eyes are swollen shut. He is unconscious and chained to a bed and his mother is not allowed within 15 feet of him.

Tariq Khdeir is a sophomore in High School at UAF in Tampa Florida and an American-born citizen.

“It is the duty of American officials to intervene and secure the release of an American citizen who was so viciously attacked and denied medical treatment,” said CAIR-Florida Chief Executive Director Hassan Shibly.

Shibly noted that CAIR's Sacramento Valley chapter took part in a memorial service last night with California relatives of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was abducted and killed near his home in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

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CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Florida Chief Executive Director Hassan Shibly, 813-541-4321,; CAIR-Florida Regional Operations Director Nezar Hamze, 954-673-9459,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-341-4171,

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