Florida teenager at centre of escalating Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Tariq Khdeir (R) is greeted by his mother after being released from jail in Jerusalem July 6, 2014....

Tariq Khdeir (R) is greeted by his mother after being released from jail in Jerusalem July 6, 2014. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Letitia Stein, Reuters

, Last Updated: 11:31 PM ET

TAMPA, Fla. - Family and friends of a Florida teenager who says he was beaten by Israeli police while in detention describe him as a typical U.S. high school student.

Tariq Khdeir, 15, recently finished his freshman year at the Universal Academy of Florida, a private Islamic school where he played on the soccer team. He earned the summer trip to visit relatives by receiving good grades in all of his classes, said his aunt, Sanah Abu Khdeir.

His cousin, Mohammed Abu Khudair, 16, was abducted and killed in Jerusalem last week, sparking violent protests and calls from Palestinians for a new uprising against Israel.

 


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