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Israel's Justice Ministry To Probe Beating; Video Purports To Show Elusive ISIS Leader; Great White Shark Attacks Swimmer In California; Royal Family Kicks Off Tour De France
Aired July 6, 2014 - 06:00 ET
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I asked my son, did you throw rocks, he said no.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He didn't have to throw rocks. He is a Palestinian in front of his neighborhood.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I heard some screaming curls that was like nothing heard before.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They are checking out the Opie and Anthony show.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's amazing. Has he been living under a rock that he doesn't know things you do on the internet by yourself un- encumbered are going to have a different repercussion.
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ALISON KOSIK, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning. I'm Alison Kosik in today for Christi Paul.
VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Victor Blackwell. It's 6:00 here on the east coast. It's good to have you this Sunday. This is NEW DAY SUNDAY. We're starting with breaking news. The Florida teen who was beaten and jailed in Jerusalem is to be released from custody.
KOSIK: The 15-year-old Tariq Abukhdeir appeared in court in Jerusalem a few hours ago.
BLACKWELL: His family says he was outside the home of his cousin who was kidnapped and burned alive last week when Tariq was attacked by men in Israeli security force uniforms. Images show he has a black eye, his lip swollen, bleeding. His uncle says his nephew was shackled to a hospital bed and moved to a detention center. The video shows two masked uniformed men pummeling and kicking this 15-year-old in the head and then they carry his limp body away.
KOSIK: CNN's Ben Wedeman spoke to Tariq's parents and Ben joins us live now from Jerusalem. Ben, go ahead and tells us the latest about what happened in court this morning.
BEN WEDEMAN, CNN SENION INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes, we're outside the Jerusalem Magistrate Court where we have been told by family and lawyers that Tariq Abukhdeir will be released shortly. He will be under house arrest for nine days. He won't be allowed to stay in the family home in the neighborhood, but rather in adjacent neighborhood. He will be released on 3,000 shekel bail, almost $900.
And he has to inform the police if he leaves his home and if he does that, if he leaves the home without informing the police, it's a 10,000 shekel bail fine. So he's going to be released and he hasn't been officially charged. According to the system here, the charges are in what's called a secret file, but if he's not charged with anything or the investigation comes to an end he will be able to leave the country as scheduled the middle of this month.
WEDEMAN (voice-over): Images capture on a cell phone show two masked men in uniform beating a prone figure. Then kicking him repeatedly in the head. The prone figure is Tariq Abukhdeir, a 15-year-old American citizen from Tampa, Florida, on summer vacation with his family in Jerusalem. His cousin whose charred body was found Tuesday morning in a forest west of Jerusalem and whose death sparked violent clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters. He was among the protesters, but not in the clashes his parents insist.
SALAH EDDEINE ABU KHEDAIR, BEATEN TEENAGER'S FATHER: I ask my son did you throw rocks? He said no.
SUHA ABU KHEDAIR, BEATEN TEENAGER'S MOTHER: He didn't have to throw rocks. He is Palestinian in front of his neighborhood hanging out with his relatives and after you know, there's protests and stuff because of the murder, and because of this murder, of course, everybody is angry.
WEDEMAN: The family lawyer took these photos of Tariq after he was arrested. His mother could barely recognize him.
SUHA ABU KHEDAIR: It's attempted murder to me.
WEDEMAN: Tariq is a typical teenager, he takes lots of selfies and among his friends his nickname is Fish after his favorite hobby. Palestinians have long complained of a pattern of rough treatment by the Israeli police and double standards when it comes to justice says Bill Van Esveld of Human Rights Watch.
BILL VAN ESVELD, HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH: The concern is we have plenty of evidence that this child of 15 was brutally beaten by Israeli law enforcement and instead of the law enforcement officials responsible for the beating being questioned and detained, the child who is the victim is being questioned and detained.
WEDEMAN: Israel's Justice Ministry is launching an investigation into the incident. A government spokesman acknowledge what is appears to have happened to Tariq was illegal.
MARK REGEV, ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER'S SPOKESMAN: Obviously it is forbidden under Israeli law to beat up a suspect who has been handcuffed or something like that. That should not happen.
WEDEMAN: But it appears that it did happen.
WEDEMAN: And we understand from the family that their first priority once he is finally released is to get some medical attention.
BLACKWELL: Ben, we understand that, the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is speaking, I guess, in generalities about this not mentioning Tariq by name. What are we hearing from him?
WEDEMAN: We did hear him during the afternoon the weekly cabinet session on Sunday that Israel will deal harshly with all those who throw stones at the police, who vandalize and riot and what not. So certainly we have seen they cracked down harshly on protests in the East Jerusalem and that probably will be the policy going forward if these clashes continue.
KOSIK: OK, Ben Wedeman, thank you.
BLACKWELL: Now the U.S. State Department says an official from the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem has visited Tariq in custody. A State Department spokesperson said, quote, "We are profoundly troubled by reports that he was severely beaten while in police custody and strongly condemn any excessive use of force. We are calling for a speedy transparent and credible investigation and full accountability for any excessive use of force."
KOSIK: In Florida several of the teen's close relatives are speaking out including his aunt. She is furious about what has happened to her nephew and she says, any allegations he attacked Israeli soldiers are absolutely ludicrous.
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AMNEH ABUKHDEIR, AUNT: He was attacking them? They are geared from head to toe and bullet proof vests, heavy helmet, shields on their faces, holding shields, heavy boots in which they kicked him in the face with if you watch the video. How is he going to attack them? By the way, the beating happened while he was in handcuffs. Just doesn't make sense.
Doesn't make sense that they are trying to justify the beating, the Israeli police who beat him like this not knowing he was a U.S. citizen, so if he wasn't a U.S. citizen he would have been murdered like the other Palestinians every single day.
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BLACKWELL: Let's go to Iraq where new video purports to show the elusive and many would say infamous leader of the group known as ISIS.
KOSIK: A witness recalls a terrifying scene when this man burst into Friday prayers at a mosque in Mosul. If authentic it would be one of the first known appearances of the militant leader.
BLACKWELL: Senior international correspondent, Arwa Damon is in Baghdad. Arwa, does this appear to be Baghdadi?
ARWA DAMON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: That's what we're pretty much all trying to figure out. But whether or not it is him he is the man who is face ISIS at the very least wants the world to believe is its current leader. People had gathered at the Al Nuri Mosque in Mosul, very old, historic, as part of daily prayers, but this particular case prayers even more significant because it was the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.
None of them expected to then see what happened when about four to five minutes before the sermon was supposed to begin, a massive convoy of vehicles with black tinted windows appeared with gunman stormed inside.
DAMON (voice-over): The man was simply introduced as this is your new emir according to the eyewitness CNN spoke to. Describing how she quivered with fear in the women's quarters in the mosque. The month of Ramadan is the month of Jihad and fighting the enemies, the unbelievers, he preached. In the video armed men are seen among the worshipers, the front row members of the man's entourage blurred.
This is the man, ISIS has identified as their leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. CNN could not confirm the authenticity of the video or Al-Baghdadi's identity. If it is him his public appearance bold and brazen and successful despite U.S. and other country's aerial surveillance over Iraq.
The video was posted by an official ISIS Twitter account and identifies him as the Khalifah Ibrahim as ISIS leader, Al-Baghdadi is now known to his followers since the terrorist organization announced his caliphate extending from Jala (ph) in Iraq to Aleppo in Syria.
Now we have a caliphate and an imam that was absent for centuries he stated. These are the only previous images believed to be of the leader, analysis to determine if it is the same man. Al- Baghdadi was in U.S. custody for four years, but the Americans never clued in to his radical tendencies.
Released in 2009, he took over what was then ISI, the Islamic State of Iraq in 2010. At a time when the organization was declared on the verge of extinction. But under Al-Baghdadi's leadership ISIS thrived capitalizing on growing resentment toward Maliki's government. Moving into neighboring Syria and establishing ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, becoming an entity so extreme that even al Qaeda distanced itself.
And it would seem promising more. You should take up Jihad to please God and fight in his name and you will be rewarded with heaven and a paradise, the man urged, unsuspecting worshipers were held hostage for an hour after he departed still in shock after believing they had come face-to-face with one of the most dangerous men on earth.
(END VIDEOTAPE) DAMON: Iraq's Ministry of Interior is calling this a fake. Prime minister's office saying they are still looking into it. Meanwhile, the U.S. also is still in the process of analyzing trying to verify whether or not the man is in fact Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
BLACKWELL: All right, Arwa Damon in Baghdad for us. Arwa, thank you very much. There has been this threat out on the east coast of the rip currents, now there is a danger on the west coast.
KOSIK: Nothing to do with well, maybe nothing to do with the weather. There is a shark that was on the attack in Southern California. If you think this is rare, we have some new data that may surprise you.
BLACKWELL: And shock jock fired over a Twitter rant. Is this justify ordinary did serious radio, did they go too far?
BLACKWELL: We don't need to show a shark. You hear those two chords there.
KOSIK: We're sitting here laughing and this guy --
BLACKWELL: That's true. A guy bitten by a great white shark and people are still enjoying the 4th this weekend, and they are headed out to the beach a lot of them. One guy is happy to be alive.
KOSIK: It happened yesterday off Southern California's popular Manhattan Beach. A fisherman had hooked the shark fishing from the pier and the swimmer came by at exactly the wrong time. Melissa McBride of CNN affiliate, KABC has more.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Got bit.
MELISSA MCBRIDE, KABC REPORTER (voice-over): The reaction from the pier moments after a swimmer is bitten by a shark struggling to get free from a fisherman's line 200 yards from the pier.
JEFF GARNEVICHS, WITNESS: I heard screaming curls that was like nothing heard before.
MCBRIDE: Jeff Garnevichs was surfing new the pier and paddled over to help. The swimmer was with a group of long distance swimmers trying to help their friend.
GARNEVICHS: The paddle board happened to get to him. He had a bigger board than I did and started to yank him up as everybody tried to get him on the paddle board. That's when we joyed the gouge out of his side.
MCBRIDE: L.A. County lifeguards say the 40-year-old swimmer has moderate injuries from the teeth after 6 to 7-foot long juvenile great white. CAPTAIN TRACY LIZLOTTE, LOS ANGELES COUNTY LIFEGUARD: When I saw the injury, it wasn't a full size bite and it was in the torso under the arm.
MCBRIDE: Great whites are common in the waters off Manhattan Beach. Eric Martin who works at the aquarium on the pier says that this may have been what's known as a response bite.
ERIC MARTIN, MARINE BIOLOGIST: It's where the shark is hooked in the lip and he's trying to shake the hook. His mouth is opening and closing shaking his head. When he's doing that his teeth are coming out and we think the swimmer happened to be at the wrong place at the, say, wrong time.
BLACKWELL: Yes. That would make sense, wrong place, wrong time. They say it's a juvenile. It's a baby. Just a baby.
KOSIK: Such an excuse.
BLACKWELL: Our thanks to Melissa McBride of CNN affiliate, KABC there.
KOSIK: Now if you feel like shark stories and sightings are becoming more common I wouldn't say that's off the mark. A new study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that great white shark population increased 42 percent in the northwest Atlantic Ocean and there may even be a breeding ground for baby great whites off the New York coast. Yes, I'll remember that when I'm swimming in the water there.
BLACKWELL: There is another study that found that great whites off California's coast, they are increasing there on the west coast too. A recent count up to 2400 great white sharks which officials say means the species is not in danger of going extinct as feared.
KOSIK: And speaking of fear, it's probably jaws that triggers the most great white memories for a lot of people. So just to keep you awake at night, here we go. There were 47 unprovoked shark attacks in 2013. Most of them were in Florida.
BLACKWELL: Florida. You offer so much.
KOSIK: I know. You know, the whole time that I grew up in Florida swimming, I never saw a shark.
BLACKWELL: I love Florida. I was in Florida for seven years. I didn't learn to swim until year five?
KOSIK: OK. Well, at least you caught up.
BLACKWELL: I caught up at some point. Yes.
KOSIK: The east coast has been enjoying some pretty nice weather since Arthur swept through, but will sunny skies continue as we head into the new week?
BLACKWELL: You know who has the answer, meteorologist, Karen Maginnis. Karen, when is the sun returning?
KAREN MAGINNIS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Well, it looks like a lot of folks going to see sunshine today. That doesn't mean we're bullet proof as far as the weather goes, because we're looking at storms across the upper Mississippi River Valley and areas yesterday that saw the ravages of Arthur, wow, it was heavy rain, it was high winds. We did see some flooding. We have no reports of fatalities from a Category 2 hurricane.
But this morning some thunderstorms roaring across Minnesota. You'll see that off and on throughout the day. Right smack across Central Missouri showers and thunderstorms there. And Kansas City, had a thunderstorm roll in the last couple hours with some gusty winds. It's moved to your east now.
The area we're watching all the way from Minnesota, Wisconsin, into central sections of Illinois. Look for the possibility of hail and strong winds, but in Florida off and on showers again, watch out for the sharks because we know they are there. And temperature wise, look at this, Minneapolis, 91.
I looked at Dallas, Dallas has not seen one 100-degree day this summer and temperature wise as we go into Monday, 91 in New York, 96 in D.C., and in St. Louis you're looking at 95. Those temperatures way above normal. Our severe threat comes as we go into Monday. That across the Ohio River Valley and the Central Mississippi River Valley. We'll keep you updated on that.
KOSIK: OK, Karen Maginnis, thank you. I love those 90s, call me crazy.
BLACKWELL: I like them too.
KOSIK: The World Cup may be over for Team USA, but believe it or not the celebrity status is beginning.
BLACKWELL: Yes, with the home team out of the World Cup, the world it couple is celebrating a different sporting event. We'll talk about that.
BLACKWELL: The duke and duchess of Cambridge helped kick off the start of the Tour de France. You can see it here. Tour de France starting in England. You heard that right. You can see the royal couple cutting the opening ribbon at the starting line. Prince Harry also there. Prince Harry has become the also in attendance. That's not fair.
KOSIK: You know she gets the spotlight. Come on, you got to share it.
BLACKWELL: I guess. KOSIK: The royal send-off wasn't enough for the 29-year-old who crashed and fell during a sprint of the opening stage. His team says he suffered a shoulder injury. He won't start in today's second stage and could pull out of the race entirely.
BLACKWELL: After more than two hours of play and historic substitution keeps the Netherlands alive in the World Cup.
KOSIK: Lara Rutledge has more on the gamble that paid off in this morning, "Bleacher Report." Really?
LARA RUTLEDGE, CNN SPORTS: It was absolutely crazy. I love the penalty kick shootouts. The Netherlands survived a ridiculous one to advance to the semifinals. They face Argentina. Looks like the Dutch coach has ice in his veins or maybe a little luck, one or the other. In the final seconds of extra time, he had Tim Gill replace the goalkeeper. A stunt like this is rare. How rare? This is the first time in World Cup history a coach brought on a goalkeeper purely for the sake of the penalty shootout.
It could be a day for the history books at the men's Wimbledon final. That's because Roger Federer is going for his record-breaking eighth Wimbledon title. He has to get past the top seed Novak Djokovic. You can never count out the Federer on his favorite surface. He will be the sentimental favorite.
It only took Rhonda Rousy 16 seconds to defend her UFC title belt last night. You see the only highlight for the challenger Alexis Davis. Just her standing in the cage was pretty much it. The knock- out victory after firing off ten punches to Davis' face, 16 seconds. You kidding me?
BLACKWELL: Your highlight is when you're not being hit.
BLACKWELL: That's it.
RUTLEDGE: Probably what she was most happy about. I'm sure Ronda Rousey, I think she might be a good friend to have if things got weird you could count on Ronda.
BLACKWELL: Sometimes just the face. She came out like she knew she was a champion. I guess it works, 32 for Federer. Past the prime?
RUTLEDGE: I know. It's tennis. It's a hard game.
BLACKWELL: All right, Lara Rutledge, thank you very much.
Fans of the Opie and Anthony radio show, they will be disappointed tomorrow when only the Opie half is on the air. Sirius radio defends the firing of one of the shock jocks. Some say it's a case of the PC police gone awry.
KOSIK: Bottom of the hour now. Welcome back. I'm Alison Kosik.
BLACKWELL: I'm Victor Blackwell. Five things you need to know for your NEW DAY. Up first, a Florida teenager who was severely beaten and taken into custody in Jerusalem will be released without charges after an appearance this morning. The 15-year-old says that the family rather said he was pummeled and kicked in the head by Israeli soldiers last week. A one-day after his cousin was kidnap and killed. His lawyer says the teen will be placed under house arrest for nine days.
KOSIK: Number two, four people were killed and as many as 12 injured after a boat crash near Miami on Friday. It took place after a 4th of July fireworks show. Officials say three boats were involved and that boaters may have been rushing to get back to shore when the crash occurred. Several children were among those injured.
BLACKWELL: Number three, a New York City firefighter was killed in the line of duty Saturday night after battling a high rise fire in Brooklyn. From officials, the 14-year veteran was searching for victims when he became trapped inside. The fire was moving fast and it prompted more than 100 firefighters to respond to that scene.
KOSIK: Number four, a CNN exclusive, the top Republican in the House lays out his case for suing the president, Speaker John Boehner in an op-ed for CNN writes that President Obama has used executive action to change and create his own laws and ignore existing ones.