Our South Florida uplink remote studio in downtown Fort Lauderdale welcomed, Hassan Shibly, Executive Director on the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Florida to our studio set this week. Mr. Shibly was our studio guest on CNN’s New Day, discussing the recent incident of a U.S. Palestinian teen from Tampa, Florida, who was seen on video being beaten by Israeli police. The teen, Tariq Abu Khdeir, 15, suffered a broken nose, chin and injuries to his eyes. Tariq was visiting family in Jerusalem to attend the funeral of his cousin, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was burned to death in what is believed to be a retribution killing following that the murders of three missing Israeli teenagers.
Mr. Shibly expressed his condolences for all the teenagers, both Israeli and Palestinian that have been recently killed amid the escalation of tension and violence that has taken place in Israel and the West Bank. Hamas has fired more than 200 rockets at Israel in the past few days alone. In response, the Israeli Air Force (AIF) has conducted airstrikes across the Gaza strip, destroying the homes of Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist leaders’ homes as well as rocket launching bases and tunnels used to hide weapons. Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza is the latest offensive the Israeli army has put into effect to stop the influx of rockets being fired from Gaza.