- Mohammed Abu Khder, 16, abducted and burned to death on Wednesday
- Autopsy shows he inhaled smoke, meaning he was alive when set on fire
- Now his 15-year-old cousin, Tariq Abu Khder has been beaten by police
- Footage has emerged seeming to show officers kicking him in the head while he is on the ground before dragging his semi-conscious body away
- Was protesting cousin’s death at the time and police say he resisted arrest
- Death of Abu Khder has sparked days of protests by Arab Israelis
- Believed he was killed in revenge for deaths of three Israeli teenagers
The 15-year-old cousin of a Palestinian boy who was burned to death in Israel has been badly beaten and arrested while protesting about his relative’s death.
Mohammed Abu Khder, 16, was burned to death in a suspected attack by Israeli extremists in revenge for the killing of three Jewish teenagers abducted in the West Bank recently.
Now family members say Abu Khder’s cousin Tariq Abu Khder, 15, has been badly beaten by Israeli police while being arrested during a protest sparked by Abu Khder’s death.
Footage has emerged on social media showing border guards savagely beating a youth, thought to be Tariq, before dragging his semi-conscious body away.
Meanwhile an autopsy on Abu Khder’s body has shown smoke was inhaled into his lungs, suggesting that the teen was still alive and breathing while he was being burned.
Palestinian news agency Maan quoted Attorney General Mohammed Aluweiwi Saturday as saying the initial findings of a post-mortem indicated the presence of smoke in the boy’s lungs.
Abu Khder also suffered a head wound, but that did not cause his death, Aluweiwi added. Israeli police said Saturday they still could not confirm the motive for his murder.
Abu Khder’s cousin Tariq is a US citizen who studies in Florida and was on vacation in east Jerusalem at the time of the killing.