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US voices concern for teen held in Israeli jail

A Palestinian youth hurls a stone towards Israeli security forces during clashes on January 17, 2014 in the northern West Bank village of Kfar QaddumThe United States on Monday urged Israel to expedite the case of a 15-year-old American citizen held for three weeks on charges of rock-throwing, amid concerns he has been mistreated in custody. Mohammed Abu Nie — who has dual American and Palestinian citizenship — was arrested in east Jerusalem on July 3, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed. “We are certainly gravely concerned about the detention of an American citizen child,” she told reporters. The boy has been charged with rock-throwing, carrying a knife and leading protests, she said, adding that officials from the US consulate in Jerusalem had visited him and attended his hearing on July 22.

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