Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank can expect the worst.
Has revenge begun by Israelis?
July 3, Thursday .. 15-year-old Tarek Abu Khdeir (cousin of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, victim of lynching by Israeli settlers a day earlier) was attacked by Israeli police while he was in the yard of his uncle's home. He was arrested and severely beaten without any charges. He was then taken to a police station but not sent to hospital for the treatment of his injuries until after midnight. Altogether 11 Palestinian teenagers were attacked and badly beaten on the same day and in the same neighborhood by Israeli police for no apparent reasons. Tarek Abu Khdeir is a U.S. citizen and studies in Florida high school in Tampa. Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has appealed to the State Department requesting to help secure Tarek's release. Tarek and his family would be very fortunate if the State Department agrees to help which is doubtful. The Youtube video by Palestine Today TV showed what appeared as masked Israeli police in riot gear beating, kicking and stamping on a Palestinian.
Human rights organization Addameer states "State-sanctioned violence against children is unlawful and unacceptable." Ma'an News Agency writes "Addameer urges immediate action and calls on the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United States consulate and all regional embassies and consulates, human rights organizations and journalists to attend Tarek Abu Khdeir’s hearing on Sunday 6 July to investigate the intensified aggression against Palestinian children."
The irony is, on July 6 Western mainstream channels reported that Israeli police had arrested six suspects in connection with the abduction and murder of 17-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir. But it has been conveniently silent over the fact that the same Israeli police has simultaneously and needlessly abused a dozen other Palestinian teenagers to fulfill the calls of revenge by its people.
July 7 report mentions the six Jewish suspects have admitted to kidnapping and murdering Muhammad Abu Khdeir. The million dollar question is, will they at all face the slightest of punishment or will the wave of retribution continue unabated against Palestinian children and civilians? Most likely all six will be sent home after a chat and a sumptuous meal.