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Family Wants Palestinian-American Teen Back In US

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Tariq Abu Khder (C), a Palestinian-US teenager who was allegedly beaten during police custody, stands with Ahmed Tibi (R), Israeli Arab member of the Knesset (Israeli parliament), and his father (L) following a hearing at Jerusalem Magistrates Court on July 6, 2014. Tariq Abu Khder, who was arrested in Shuafat during violent clashes between stonethrowers and Israeli riot police, 'was given nine days house arrest in Beit Hanina for the duration of the investigation' into stonethrowing allegations, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Tariq Abu Khder (C), a Palestinian-US teenager who was allegedly beaten during police custody, stands with Ahmed Tibi (R), Israeli Arab member of the Knesset (Israeli parliament), and his father (L) following a hearing at Jerusalem Magistrates Court on July 6, 2014. Tariq Abu Khder, who was arrested in Shuafat during violent clashes between stonethrowers and Israeli riot police, ‘was given nine days house arrest in Beit Hanina for the duration of the investigation’ into stonethrowing allegations, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Family members of a Palestinian-American teenager who was apparently beaten by Israeli police want him returned to the U.S. so he can receive proper medical attention.

Relatives and friends of 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir expressed their concerns Monday at a news conference held by Florida’s chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Council chief executive director Hassan Shibly told the news conference that Khdeir was beaten unconscious and left in police custody for six hours without medical treatment.

Israeli police say a border policeman has been temporarily suspended and transferred until the completion of an investigation into Khdeir’s apparent beating. He is the cousin of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian boy from east Jerusalem who was abducted and burned to death last week.

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