1. Riots spread from Jerusalem throughout the country over the weekend, as rumors spread over the grisly murder of Palestinian teen Muhammed Abu Khudair. “If they killed him, they could kill any of our kids,” said Abu Khudair’s neigbor Yasser Amin.
A final autopsy has yet to be released, but Palestinian officials who viewed an early copy said that soot had been found in the lungs of the 16-year-old, indicating that he was still alive when he was set on fire.
2. A video of Abu Khudair’s cousin, Tariq, being brutally beaten by Israeli officers, has fueled tensions further. Tariq Abu Khudair, 15, a dual Palestinian-American national, remains in police custody.
Israeli police claim that he was throwing rocks during riots that started the day before the funeral for his cousin in the east Jerusalem suburb of Shuafat.
“Even if he was throwing rocks, does he deserve to be beaten like this?” asked Amin, who was also at the funeral. “In what country are police allowed to take a 16-year-old boy and beat him like this while he is in custody?”
3. A second video, taken from a different angle, shows the masked Israeli officers more clearly. They can be seen continuing to hit the limp teen while carrying his body to a police van.
In an interview with ABC, Tariq’s mother says she is “horrified” at what happened to her son, and that she has not been able to bring herself to watch the video of his beating.
“If this had been in America, somebody would pay for that,” said Tariq’s father, Salahedeen. The family lives in Tampa, Fla., and were on vacation in Jerusalem when the news broke that their cousin, Muhammed Abu Khudair, had been killed.
4. Photos have been posted by the family on Twitter showing Tariq before and after the beating.
Tariq’s cousin, Muhammed Abu Khudair was abducted early Wednesday morning. His body was found several hours later, burned beyond recognition in the Jerusalem Forest. Israeli officials have said that his death was most likely a nationalistic act, carried out in revenge against the murders of three Israeli teens, whose bodies were buried on Tuesday after a 19-day manhunt that engulfed Israel’s national dialogue.
The three Israeli teens, Nafatali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrah, were kidnapped on June 12 while hitchhiking in the West Bank. Israeli officials have said that they are still searching for two Palestinian suspects from Hebron, Marwan Qawashmeh, 29, and Amar Abu Aisha, 32.
6. In the wake of the Israeli teens’ deaths, hardline right-wing groups have been calling for “revenge” against Palestinians. Videos such as this have been uploaded to Facebook, showing a Palestinian coming under attack by an angry group on a bus.
A man in a white shirt screams in Hebrew: “Filthy Arab murderers of children!” and “This is our country and not yours!”
Several Israeli soldiers, who happened to be on the bus at the time, form a barrier and protect the Palestinian man, telling him to wait for police to arrive.
7. In another video which surfaced over the weekend, an Israeli woman posted on Facebook that she pushed a veiled Palestinian woman into the water “just because.”
Electronic Intifada wrote that the video was uploaded by Israeli Facebook user May Nachman, but that no other details were available.
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