Fifteen-year-old Tariq Khdeir (R) is welcomed home after spending nine days under house arrest in occupied Jerusalem on July 16, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Tim Boyles/Getty Images/AFP)
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The Palestinian-American teenager who relatives allege was beaten by Israeli authorities returned home to Florida, saying he will never think of freedom in the same way again.Tariq Abu Khdeir, 15, and his mother flew back to Tampa on a flight arriving late Wednesday from New York and were greeted by about 50 cheering supporters waving American and Palestinian flags. Hassan Shibly, the teen's attorney and the executive director of the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, had said Tariq suffered head trauma and had to receive stitches on his face when beaten two weeks ago as he was arrested during a protest. Supporters say Tariq's beating was videotaped. Friends and family have said Tariq went on a vacation to visit relatives he hadn't seen in about 10 years -- not to be part of a conflict.
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