Great work, Israel:
The U.S. has lodged a strong protest over the savage beating delivered to an American teen from Florida was attending the funeral of his cousin who was murdered in Israel this past week, according to Haaretz.
The teen, identified by the State Department as Tariq Khdeir, 15, of Tampa, Florida, alleged to be the person seen in two different videos, laying passively on the ground as two Israeli Border Police officers punch and kick him before carrying his unconscious body away.
“We are profoundly troubled by reports that he was severely beaten while in police custody and strongly condemn any excessive use of force,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement. “We are calling for a speedy, transparent and credible investigation and full accountability for any excessive use of force.”
“We reiterate our grave concern about the increasing violent incidents, and call on all sides to take steps to restore calm and prevent harm to innocents,” the statement read.
And when you do nothing and the AIPAC wing of Congress starts sending off nasty letters to the President condemning the State Department, we’ll slowly drop the matter and send you some more weapons and money. I mean, basically, if you can send commandos on a boat in international waters and slaughter people and get away with it (cough, cough, USS Liberty), beating a teenage American is really no big deal.