One Democrat Congresswoman (D-FL) who refuses to be intimidated by Muslim strong-arm tactics


Tariq Abu Khdeir, the 15-year-old Palestinian-American high school student from Tampa, FL, who was attacked by Israeli police forces over a week ago while observing a protest (Actually he was throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli police) in response to his cousin’s murder, remains under house arrest in East Jerusalem today. Family members and others Muslims are unhappy that Congresswoman Kathy Castor hasn’t called for the teen’s release.

ORIGINAL STORY: what-youre-not-hearing-about-the-israeli-police-beating-of-a-palestinian-american-teenager

CL Tampa  The youth was in the Middle East on vacation two weeks ago when his cousin, 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was kidnapped and burned alive by Israelis in what was suspected to be a revenge killing, coming as it did after the murder of three Israeli teens in the West Bank that shocked Israel.

Tariq Abu Khdeir and Mommy
Teenage thug Tariq Abu Khdeir and his Mommy

“Senator Nelson and Congresswoman Castor have a duty to issue immediate and unequivocal statements condemning the brutal beating of one of their constituents by the police forces of a nation that receives billions of our tax dollars,” said (notorious Hezbollah and Hamas supporter )Hassan Shibly of the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in a statement released Sunday night. “Their public silence thus far gives the impression that they put the interests of Israeli police officers above that of Muslim citizens.” (We DO!)

While the State Department (Israel haters) has come out in support of Tariq, friends and family members of the Tampa teen are hoping for the same statement from their local member of Congress. In a conversation with CL, Shibly was more outspoken in his criticism, saying that “we have no doubt that if this was a Jewish-American student abducted by Hamas, we’d get a public statement.” (Damn straight)

Meanwhile, a distant relative of Khdeir says that Castor’s chief-of-staff, Clay Phillips, was rude and inconsiderate to her when she spoke with him in Castor’s Washington D.C. office last Tuesday.

Tamara Essayyad is a second cousin of Tariq Abu Khdeir -Tariq’s father is her cousin. As an attorney living in Washington, she said family members called her last week to see if she could get in touch with Castor’s office directly about Khdeir. She said that when she called on Thursday, July 3, the office was already closed for the holiday weekend. 


She told a staffer she would come in to the office, and did so last Tuesday at noon to meet with Clay Phillips, Congresswoman Castor’s chief-of-staff. It did not go well. Essayad says she walked into Phillips’ office with a copy of the (anti-Israel) New York Times in her hand, and he immediately “ripped it out” of her hands.

“Shocked and appalled does not even begin to describe what I was feeling,” she said about how the meeting began. She says that after she identified herself, Phillips did all the talking for the first five minutes and was “very aggressive” in his speech. “I told him to tone it the hell down,” she told CL on Sunday night.  “How dare you speak to me this way?” she said she told him. 

But Phillips’ tone noticeably changed for the better, she said, when she pulled out her cellphone, indicating that she was going to call Tariq’s parents. But it really wasn’t much more productive. “Have you called the embassy? Have you called the Consultate?” Essayad says she asked Phillips. “What  has she done?” regarding the Congresswoman’s response.

But Essayad says Phillips was noncommittal. “I asked, ‘Is it because he’s not an Israeli-American? Because he’s a Palestinian-American? You are our representation.’ But he said, ‘We’re not going to talk about it.”

fl_picEssayad says the conversation only lasted 10 minutes, and ended when Phillips said that “the family has to get an authorization.” But Essayad says once she suggested she call Tariq’s parents right then and there, Phillips stood up and led her out of his office, slamming the door. “It was horrendous,” she recalls.

“They’ve issued statements about manatees. They’ve issued statements about healthcare. But they haven’t issued anything on this,” Essayad says about press releases that have come out of Congresswoman Castor’s office over the past week. “I’m obviously appalled that Tampa has such representation.”

WOW! They even got PA president Mahmoud Abbas to whine about this teenage good for nothing thug
WOW! They even got PA president Mahmoud Abbas in a photo op with this good-for-nothing teenage Palestinian Muslim thug