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Palestinian Teen Killed in Israel; Video Shows Israeli Police Beating Young Man; Man Survives Great White Shark Attack; TSA Tightening Security on Personal Electronics; Pistorius Defense Slam Leaked Video
Aired July 7, 2014 - 07:00 ET
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KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Earlier this morning we spoke with the family lawyer for the American teenager that was beaten in that video that we showed you. Hassan Shibly says the two men who were in Israeli police uniforms, they had no right to attack the boy. Listen.
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HASSAN SHIBLY, ATTORNEY FOR FAMILY: I don't think there's anything at all that can justify police officers in uniform basically restraining the hands of a child and then repeatedly kicking him over six times, almost a dozen times, punching him to the head, to the gut, while his body is lifeless and frankly he's unconscious. There's nothing to justify that terrible, disgusting, inhumane behavior. We need those officers brought to justice and Israel to revise its policies to ensure that kind of behavior never happens again.
And, frankly, he was arrested on his family's land. Where you see the beating taking place is his own family's yard. So he had every right to be there. The Israel officers had no right to be there, and no right to beat a 15-year-old American child whose hands are being restrained and whose being kicked while he's on the ground in the head. You know, that's arguably lethal force.
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BOLDUAN: Let's discuss that and let's also discuss the cycle of violence that we're seeing, the deaths of now four innocent teenagers and what can be done to stop this cycle of violence. Joining us now, Mark Regev, the spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It's great to see you, Mark, thanks so much.
MARK REGEV, SPOKESMAN, ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: My pleasure.
BOLDUAN: So we will speak about that video in just one second. But I want to ask you first about what led up to that event. The death of Mohammed Khedir, was that a revenge killing in your view?
REGEV: It's not for me to say. The police have arrested suspects, Jewish suspects, who, I suppose, they're suspicious, that they're vigilantes, they killed that young man. I would say immediately that within an hour, two hours of that murder, my prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, unequivocally condemned that murder. He called it a heinous crime and he called upon police to energetically find the killers and bring them to justice. And that's exactly what happened.
Yesterday we announced a number of suspects have been put into jail. And the bottom line is this -- Israel is a land where murder is murder. It doesn't matter who the perpetrator is or who the victim is. We will pursue and we will apprehend murderers. There's no room for this sort of violence in our country.
BOLDUAN: We also know that overnight the prime minister spoke with Mohammed's father. Can you tell us what he said, what they discussed?
REGEV: It was very important for my prime minister to reach out to the family and tell them that, first of all, of course, express condolences at their tragedy, but also to say that the murderers do not represent Israel, they do not represent the Israeli people, they don't represent the Jewish people, that these murderers are vile killers. They are the very opposite of our most cherished beliefs. And it was important for us to say that.
BOLDUAN: This is also forcing Israeli officials and the Israeli people to confront extremism on your own side. How big of a threat is this?
REGEV: In every country you have extremists. You have people with crazy ideas. The important thing is, what does the majority do? What does leadership do? What does government do? And here we unequivocally condemn it and will use the police very aggressively to stamp out this phenomena and bring culprits of hate crimes and so forth to justice. We won't tolerate this sort of behavior.
BOLDUAN: Mark, we also now know following that brutal murder and, previously to that, the brutal murder of Israeli teens in the West Bank, you now have this video and the brutal beating of a 15-year-old boy, an American boy who is from Florida. And he says he wasn't doing anything. He was observing a protest. Do you know first off that those were Israeli police forces that were involved in that beating?
REGEV: Look, the video is shocking. And we initiated on the basis of seeing the video an investigation. It's not an internal police investigation. It's an external independent investigation done by the ministry of justice, by a special unit there that looks into police behavior.
Israel, like the United States, is a land where there's the rule of land. And the police and the security services have to function within the law. They're not above the law. And if it is proven that the police acted in a way that unfortunately the video indicates, that we suspect they did, they will have to pay a price. That is unacceptable. You cannot beat up a suspect -- in Israel you cannot beat up someone who is handcuffed. It's just against the law. It doesn't matter what he did before. Hypothetically this individual could have been involved in violence. It doesn't matter. Once he is arrested, once he is handcuffed, he cannot be mistreated in any way.
BOLDUAN: When you take all of this in context, we're now hearing people talk of whispers of the beginnings of another intifada. That clearly is a fear of anyone in Israel. Do you think this is the beginnings of another intifada?
REGEV: I hope not. I think violence serves no one's interests. It doesn't serve Israel's interests. It doesn't serve the interests of the Palestinians. Only the very crazy extremists can rejoice of the thought of more violence. I suppose Hamas and the other Islamist radicals probably want more violence, but that is to be expected.
I think it's important that all people of good will ignite against extremism. And here I call upon the Palestinian government. Israel has shown clearly by these arrests and by our condemnation and by the phone call this morning by the prime minister to the family of the victim of that terrible crime where we stand. We are for peace. We are for reconciliation. We're against this sort of violence. It's time the Palestinian leadership step up to the plate and also said we're against violence. We're against extremism, and that they cut their connection with the Hamas movement. The Hamas movement is a terrorist movement, not only under Israeli but under American law. And it's time mainstream Palestinian leadership broke all contacts, break their alliance, their political pact with Hamas and return to peace talks.
BOLDUAN: Marl, do you believe that the Palestinian Authority is doing everything it can to find the killers of the three Israeli boys in the West Bank?
REGEV: It remains to be said, because we saw in this case where we acted very energetically to bring the perpetrators of this terrible killing against the Palestinian teen, we acted very energetically and swiftly and brought the perpetrators for justice. And so far we haven't found the killers of the three young Jewish boys as who you know were kidnapped and murdered on their way home from school.
I think the Palestinian Authority has an obligation to help us. They are committed to fighting terrorism. One of the mistakes they made is they signed that alliance with Hamas allowing Hamas has to reestablish its presence in the West Bank, to reestablish its position in the West Bank. And that made this sort of attack just more likely and more possible.
BOLDUAN: Mark Regev, spokesman for the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Mark, thank you very much.
REGEV: Thanks for having me.
BOLDUAN: Of course. John?
JOHN BERMAN, CNN ANCHOR: Thanks so much, Kate.
In Kenya now, the death toll is rising after more gruesome attacks were carried out on that nation's coast. This is the latest in a string of deadly assaults in that country. This morning Kenya's main opposition party is gearing up for a mass rally, protesting against the government's inability to keep that country safe. CNN's is live in London with more on this. And this a deadly string of attacks in that country, Nima. NIMA ELBAGIR, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Absolutely, John. It's an
increasingly fraught situation, and it's one that is really taking a toll both emotionally and psychologically on many Kenyans. This really is the tourist heartland, so it's hitting Kenyans in so many different ways. There is the fear. They're living with the reality, the brutality of these attacks. And there is the growing sense the Kenyan government doesn't seem to be able to stop these attacks from happening.
The Al Qaeda linked militant group Al Shabaab has made very clear that not only do they take responsibility for this attack, but until Kenyan forces withdraw from the African Union alliance that is fighting inside Somalia, they will continue to pursue these acts of violence on Kenyan territory. Back in May, the U.K. evacuated its citizens, saying that the terror threat levels were becoming unacceptable and they didn't feel their citizens were safe in Kenya. And we've seen that effect ricochet among other nations. Australia, the U.S. has also raised its terror threat level. And now we have the Kenyan opposition rallying the Kenyan public saying, well, something needs to be done.
But the reality is, what can be done? We are almost a year since that horrifying attack in the West Gate shopping mall back in accident in Nairobi and they still haven't managed to bring any of those perpetrators to justice. For many Kenyans, John, it just feels like this is a situation that currently doesn't appear to have any end, John and Michaela.
MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: You're right, Nima, it is concerning especially in light of the fact that it is a year since the attack at the shopping mall there. Nima Elbagir, thank you so much for that.
Eight minutes after the hour. Let's give you a look at your headlines. In Iraq officials are investigating a new video that has surfaced appearing to show the leader of ISIS. The tape show this man who appears to be Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, conducting prayers in Mosul. It surfaced on social media sites tied to ISIS and would be one of the first known appearances of the extremist militant leader.
Fresh optimism from a U.S. marine jailed in Mexico, a story we've been following here on NEW DAY. Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi has been held now for more than three months since driving into Mexico with three guns in his truck, a move he says was an accident. And after early struggles in captivity, Tahmooressi told CNN by phone that things are looking up.
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SGT. ANDREW TAHMOORESSI: Once the media started covering it, maybe like a month into it, yes, things did start changing and I think I've earned some respect from the guards here.
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PEREIRA: Tahmooressi has a hearing scheduled for Wednesday. I want to show you some crazy video, a close call at a British air
show. Oh, my goodness. Over the weekend spectators got way too close, a very close look at an F-16 fighter jet. I can't even look. The Turkish plane came in for a landing and flew within a few feet of the audience's head. Some of the crowd hit the ground as the plane came in. Thankfully no injuries were reported. You're thinking you're going to get a nice picture and almost knock the camera right out of your hands. Oh, my goodness. I have to look away.
Also another frightening moment, a long distance swimmer in southern California recovering this morning after surviving a great white shark attack. Stephen Robles is speaking out now about the ordeal and what was going through his mind as he looked into that shark's eyes.
STEPHEN ROBLES, LONG DISTANCE SWIMMER: I really thought that that might be hit. I thought I might be dying.
PEREIRA: Still recovering from the bite marks cut into his body, long distance swimmer Stephen Robles describes his terrifying encounter with a great white shark over the holiday weekend.
ROBLES: It's this burning sensation going along the bite marks, like a jelly fish sting that just keeps penetrating deeper and deeper.
PEREIRA: Officials say a seven-foot-long juvenile shark had become agitated by a fisherman's hook when it attacked Robles who was swimming near the Manhattan Beach pier in southern California.
ROBLES: We saw each other. It did a sharp left turn and then launched right at me, didn't even hesitate.
PEREIRA: His desperate cries for help all caught on tape.
ROBLES: It bit right into my torso, and I'm sitting there staring at this shark eye to eye, just right there, and I could feel the vibration of this entire shark gnawing into my skin.
PEREIRA: Robles says he acted on instinct, fighting for his life.
ROBLES: I grabbed his nose with my hand here and I try to pull it off of me. And fortunately the shark released itself.
PEREIRA: The attack sent nearby swimmers scrambling for safety.
ROBLES: Shark! Get out of the water!
PEREIRA: Robles knows he's lucky to be alive, incredibly escaping with flesh wounds and a punctured artery in his hand.
ROBLES: It was just the scariest thing you can imagine.
PEREIRA: He was out there with 12 other swimmers prepping for a race they were going to do in September. I mean honestly --
BERMAN: Holy shark! It was biting on him. You could see the teeth marks.
PEREIRA: It was agitated --
BOLDUAN: The shark was hooked.
PEREIRA: It was agitated and chomped on whatever was around, and he happened to be right there.
BOLDUAN: Coming eye to eye, scary. Good thing he's OK this morning.
Coming up next on NEW DAY, a new opinion piece in "The Washington Post" argues that the Obama administration had ample warning that Iraq would collapse into sectarian violence. We're going to talk to the man behind the piece who says he raised the alarm.
BERMAN: And on "INSIDE POLITICS" President Obama headed to Texas this week. But will he go to the border to see what some are calling a humanitarian crisis? We'll also look at the criticism, the new criticism he's now facing.
BOLDUAN: It is CNN's money time. Chief business correspondent Christine Romans is here taking a look at it, including a look in the TSA.
CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN CHIEF BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Yes, absolutely. TSA tightening security around your personal electronics, guys. Flyers may be asked to turn on your laptops, turn on your cell phones during security. If they don't turn on, they're not flying, and you will undergo additional security.
This is on direct flights to the U.S. from Europe and the Middle East on concerns al Qaeda bomb makers are coming up with new ways to target airplanes. Meanwhile, you will soon pay more for TSA security. Starting July 21st, the TSA security fee will increase from $2.50 per flight leg to a $5.60 flat fee. That means a non-stop round trip flight's gonna add another $11.20 instead of five bucks.
All right, from security to privacy. The NSA is looking at your baby pictures and your fitness selfies. That's according to new information based on documents Edward Snowden gave the "Washington Post." Now Snowden provided 160,000 conversations between 2009 and 2012 on e-mail or social media that were caught in the spy agency's traps.
Ninety -- 90 percent of the individuals were just ordinary users. They weren't targets of the government. But just because the government collects it, doesn't mean it reads it. The White House not responding to inquiries about this story, but officials told "The New York Times" yesterday the agency routinely filters our communications that are of no intelligence value.
So maybe John Berman, maybe your fitness selfie (inaudible)
BOLDUAN: I'm saying specifically, actually, they are looking into John's fitness selfies.
BERMAN: Yeah, it's great, you know, because I take topless photos of myself working out. I just don't want the government to have them. They're for my own private consumption.
BOLDUAN: Can we go back to the TSA for one second?
ROMANS: Yes, please.
BOLDUAN: Here's my one question. If you're -- if they need to check if it can turn on before you board a flight, what if you're simply out of battery?
ROMANS: My advice is make sure your battery is charged. Because look, you know, the bomb makers are trying to find new ways to get stuff concealed as, we think, concealed as electronics on the airplanes. You need to be able to show that it works.
BERMAN: One analyst I was reading this morning said, you know, he suspects the airlines will front the cost for a lot of chargers at the airport because they want to keep their customers happy for those who have problems.
BOLDUAN: Think about that. You go up, out of battery. They have a charging station over here. You gotta charge it and show it before you board. Wouldn't it be crazy?
BERMAN: One more thing to think about.
BOLDUAN: No, but it is important, right?
ROMANS: Two hundred and fifty airports that fly directly from other countries to the U.S. -- Middle East. There's a lot of airports are talking about it.
BOLDUAN: It's the impossible tough balance of the convenience and necessary security of flying.
ROMANS: The convenience and security in the same sentence --
BOLDUAN: Don't really work together in this day and age in air travel. Thanks, Christine.
ROMANS: You're welcome.
BERMAN: Nineteen minutes after the hour right now.
We're gonna talk about the Oscar Pistorius trial right now. Because testimony could be coming to an end as early as today. The prosecution is cross examining the sports medicine doctor who treated Pistorius. It's believed he is the final defense witness. Over the weekend, something of a bombshell. The defense slammed a
leaked video showing Pistorius reenacting the events that he said led to the shootings of Reeva Steenkamp. The video is stunning. CNN's Robyn Curnow live in Pretoria in South Africa with more on this.
Good morning, Robyn.
ROBYN CURNOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning. And we've heard so many different versions from so many different witnesses ever since this trial started on March the 3rd. But now we're actually hearing and seeing Oscar Pistorius' real life reenactment of what he says happens.
OSCAR PISTORIUS, CHARGED WITH MURDER: Help! help!
CURNOW (voice-over): For the first time you're listening to Oscar Pistorius reenacting in the screams many neighbors testified to hearing the night the athlete discovered he had shot and killed his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Seven Network in Australia airing audio and footage shot months after Reeva's death.
In a play-by-play of Pistorius' version of events, he reenacted how he ran to the bathroom door he shot through four times.
Pistorius on his stumps with his hand outstretched as if he's holding a gun. After finding Steenkamp, the athlete describes what he did next. The role of Steenkamp played by Pistorius' sister, Aimee, who was hunched over the toilet just like Steenkamp allegedly was that fateful night.
Pistorius' spokesperson issued a statement explaining that in the run- up to the trial, they'd hired a company to help the defense team visually map the events of the night with the intention of assisting his legal team to prepare for the case. Airing the material, Pistorius' spokesperson says constitutes a staggering breach of trust and an invasion of the family's privacy. It's unclear if this newly uncovered footage will impact Pistorius' ongoing murder trial.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He, with intention to kill, shot the person behind the door.
CURNOW: The special also re-airing surveillance video of Pistorius and Steenkamp kissing at a local convenience store, footage captured ten days before she died.
And on the eve of her death, Valentine's Day 2013, the Australian network showed surveillance videos at the athlete's girlfriend smiling when she arrived at the main gate of Pistorius' estate before she was killed that night.
CURNOW (on-camera): OK now, Oscar Pistorius has of course always maintained that Reeva Steenkamp's death was a tragic accident. And as for this dispute over that special program, well, Pistorius' spokesperson saying that footage was illegally obtained. The broadcaster says, not so, defending their right to air the video.
Back to you guys.
BOLDUAN: Just another -- another twist in this case.
BERMAN: It is stunning to see.
BOLDUAN: It's really been amazing.
BERMAN: All right, Robyn Curnow, thank you so much.
BOLDUAN: Thank you.
Coming up next on NEW DAY, more search warrants just released this morning in the case of a father accused of leaving his toddler to die in a hot car. Is there new information that will impact the investigation? What direction is the investigation heading right now? We're gonna break it down.
BERMAN: And on inside politics, House Speaker John Boehner justifying his lawsuit against President Obama over executive authority. We're gonna look at his brand new op-ed for CNN.com.
PEREIRA: Good to have you with us on NEW DAY. Here's a look at your headlines.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is speaking to the father of the young Palestinian teen who was burned alive. He told 16-year-old Mohammed abu Khdeir's father that the killers will be found and justice will be served. The teen's cousin, meanwhile, an American, was visiting the region. He was beaten by two men in Israeli border police uniforms and is currently under house arrest.
The family of a woman beaten by -- it's hard to watch -- by a California highway patrol officer says they plan to sue. The CHP video shows the officer repeatedly hitting Marlene Pinnock on the ground along the Santa Monica freeway. At a news conference, Pinnock's attorney says she's currently being held against her will under a psychiatric hold.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She was the victim of one of the most heinous police beatings this century that I've seen captured on video. And it's our opinion that the CHP officer is the one who is a danger to others. We believe he fits the criteria of 5150 of the Welfare Institute code and he should be involuntarily detained.
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PEREIRA: Police say Pinnock, a great grandmother, was physically combative, forcing the officer to put her under arrest. The officer's name, meanwhile, has not been released, and the incident is under investigation.
Thousands of thrill seekers in Spain are taking to the streets for the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona. On day one, Spain's red crosses (ph) four people were taken to the hospital, one of them gored in the thigh. The run takes a little over two minutes. Terrifying and deadly in two minutes.
PEREIRA: I'm a full supporter of that or the sleeping of the cats or anything, you know?
I gotta show you this other craziness. This is amazing. Dubai is looking to build the biggest mall on the planet called the Mall of the World. It would essentially be a small pedestrian city. It would be 48 million square feet. It would be climate controlled. It would contain a shopping center, the world's largest indoor theme park, a theater district, not just a theater, a theater district, and 100 hotels and apartments. Builders expect more than 180 million visitors per year. No completion date has been given -- odd -- like getting all those contractors.
BOLDUAN: Forty eight million square feet?
BERMAN: Yeah, it also includes, by the way, Rhode Island.
BOLDUAN: And the Mall of America.
BERMAN: And a food court the size of 26 football fields, which you can just go --
BOLDUAN: Can we go back to Pamplona? Have you ever run? Would you?
BERMAN: No. At this stage in my life, I pulled a muscle when you ask me the question, I pulled a muscle.
BOLDUAN: I feel like, no, I feel like that's something that John would do. You would do it for assignment? Right?
BERMAN: Oh, yeah, for TV.
PEREIRA: From a balcony high atop.
BOLDUAN: Two minutes? That's it?
PEREIRA: Look at them. I know. That's all you want. Come on.
BOLDUAN: I know, it just feels like the terror lasts for so much longer.
PEREIRA: Our floor director Bruce said he'd do it in his 20s, but not now. Not now in his 30s.
BOLDUAN: Exactly, in his --
BERMAN: All right, speaking of fast and furious and strong and bull, all, you know, one word right there.
BOLDUAN: Yeah, a man who has no fear, that would be John King on inside politics on NEW DAY.
JOHN KING, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I will not go to the running of the bulls. I do want to ask Mr. Berman if they -- if they built that Bermanville -- that's what I'll call that mall. If they built Bermanville here in the United States, how many electoral votes would that get?
BERMAN: Oh, that's a good question. I mean, you know, I think it's like 42 electoral votes. It's more than New York at this point.
KING: It's bigger than Rhode Island anyway. We'll start there.
KING: All right, happy Monday, you guys. I hope you had a great fourth.
Let's go INSIDE POLITICS this morning. A lot to talk about. And with me to share her reporting and her insights, Julie Pace, White House correspondent for the "Associated Press?"
Let's start with this border crisis. The president will be in Texas this week.