Israeli officer's absurd penalty for beating teenager

Israeli border police officer sentenced only to community service in beating of Palestinian-American teenager

Israeli officer's absurd penalty for beating teenager

World Bulletin / News Desk

After being caught on camera beating up a Palestinian-American teenager, an Israeli border police officer has received an absurd sentence to 45 days of community service and to a suspended prison term of four months. 

State prosecutors had requested a seven-month jail term for the beating, which prompted international outrage when a video recording of it came to light.

The court handed down the lighter sentence on Wednesday after taking into account the officer’s expression of remorse, his service on behalf of state security and the difficult circumstances in which he was operating, The New York Times reported.

The officer, who has not been publicly identified, was charged with assault in September 2014 and was suspended from the force. The video shows him kicking and punching the teenager, Tariq Abu Khdeir.

The Israeli Justice Ministry said that Tariq had not been resisting arrest and that the border police officer had beaten the boy in the head, face and upper body while he was on ground.

The State Department had called for a quick and credible inquiry after footage of the beating spread worldwide.

Tariq, who was 15 at the time, was spending the summer with relatives in East Jerusalem when violence broke out over the gruesome killing of his cousin Muhammad Abu Khdeir, 16, by Jewish extremists.

The Israeli authorities claim that Tariq was masked and holding a wooden slingshot when the officer chased him. Tariq, who said he had only been watching the clashes, was taken to a hospital and returned to the U.S. about two weeks later.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Kasım 2015, 11:40