State Dept. calls for due process for U.S. citizen held in Israel

The State Department called for a speedy resolution to the case of a U.S. citizen being held in an Israeli jail.

Mohammed Abu Khdeir was arrested on July 28 for allegedly throwing fireworks at Israel police. He is a cousin of a Palestinian teen by the same name who was kidnapped and murdered in the Jerusalem Forest on July 2 by three Israelis in a revenge attack.

Asked about Khdeir’s situation at the daily news briefing on Aug. 26, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem is providing consular assistance and that the consulate is in contact with Khdeir’s family and lawyer. A consular official visited him most recently on Aug.14.

Khdeir, whose age and U.S. hometown were not given, has not yet been indicted.

Israeli police arrested Tariq Abu Khdeir, an American citizen and cousin of the murdered teen, at a protest on July 5. Tariq Abu Khdeir, who has since returned to the United States, was beaten by police while he was held — jta