Tariq Abu Khdeir, the 15-year-old Palestinian-American high school student from Tampa, FL, who was attacked by Israeli police forces over a week ago while observing a protest (Actually he was throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli police) in response to his cousin’s murder, remains under house arrest in East Jerusalem today. Family members and others Muslims are unhappy that Congresswoman Kathy Castor hasn’t called for the teen’s release.
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CL Tampa The youth was in the Middle East on vacation two weeks ago when his cousin, 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was kidnapped and burned alive by Israelis in what was suspected to be a revenge killing, coming as it did after the murder of three Israeli teens in the West Bank that shocked Israel.
“Senator Nelson and Congresswoman Castor have a duty to issue immediate and unequivocal statements condemning the brutal beating of one of their constituents by the police forces of a nation that receives billions of our tax dollars,” said (notorious Hezbollah and Hamas supporter )Hassan Shibly of the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in a statement released Sunday night. “Their public silence thus far gives the impression that they put the interests of Israeli police officers above that of Muslim citizens.” (We DO!)
While the State Department (Israel haters) has come out in support of Tariq, friends and family members of the Tampa teen are hoping for the same statement from their local member of Congress. In a conversation with CL, Shibly was more outspoken in his criticism, saying that “we have no doubt that if this was a Jewish-American student abducted by Hamas, we’d get a public statement.” (Damn straight)
Meanwhile, a distant relative of Khdeir says that Castor’s chief-of-staff, Clay Phillips, was rude and inconsiderate to her when she spoke with him in Castor’s Washington D.C. office last Tuesday.
Tamara Essayyad is a second cousin of Tariq Abu Khdeir -Tariq’s father is her cousin. As an attorney living in Washington, she said family members called her last week to see if she could get in touch with Castor’s office directly about Khdeir. She said that when she called on Thursday, July 3, the office was already closed for the holiday weekend.