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White House officials met with beaten Palestinian-American teen

WASHINGTON — White House officials met with a Palestinian-American teen from Tampa beaten by an Israeli police officer.

National Security Council staffers met April 15 with Tariq Khdeir and his family, CNN reported last week.

A cellphone video caught the policeman beating Khdeir, then 15, during protests in eastern Jeruslaem after his cousin, also 15, was burned to death by Jewish extremists in a revenge killing for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens. Khdeir, was arrested, but released from Israeli custody after U.S. intervention. A policeman has been charged in his beating.

“The U.S. government has remained closely engaged with Tariq and his family since his return from Jerusalem,” a White House official told CNN.

The family plans to return to Jerusalem this summer. Tariq’s mother, Suha, asked U.S. officials to pressure Israel to leave him alone while he is visiting.

German neonatalogist, 102, receives Ph.D. denied by Nazis

A 102-year-old German neonatologist passed her doctoral defense exam nearly eight decades after she was denied the opportunity by the Nazis.

Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport, a former professor of pediatrics and head of the neonatology department at Berlin’s prominent Charite Hospital, passed the exam on May 13 at the University of Hamburg. She completed her thesis on diphtheria in 1938, but was refused entrance to the oral exam by the Nazi authorities because her mother was Jewish.

Syllm-Rapoport, who retired in 1973, will receive her doctoral certificate next month.

“This is about principle, not about me,” she told the Daily Tagesspiegel. “I did not defend the work for my own sake; that whole situation was not easy for me at 102 years old. I did it for the victims. The university wanted to make amends for wrongs and has shown great patience, for which I am grateful.”

Syllm-Rapoport immigrated to the United States in 1938 and was required to study for two additional years to be certified as a doctor, despite graduating from a German medical school. She married in 1946 and the couple returned to Germany after her husband was persecuted by anti-Communist efforts during the McCarthy era.

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