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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Sheera Frenkel is a cybersecurity correspondent for BuzzFeed News based in San Francisco. She has reported from Israel, Egypt, Jordan and across the Middle East. Her secure PGP fingerprint is 4A53 A35C 06BE 5339 E9B6 D54E 73A6 0F6A E252 A50F
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