Jewish Hostage Pleads With Obama for Help

'My Life Is in Your Hands,' Says Warren Weinstein on Video

By Forward Staff

Published May 07, 2012.
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Kidnapped American Warren Weinstein pleaded with President Barack Obama to meet his Al Qaeda captors’ demands in a new video, saying ‘my life is in your hands,’ CNN reported.

The Jewish development consultant, who was snatched from outside his home in Lahore, Pakistan, last August, suggested the radical group would execute him unless the U.S. meets its eight demands.

“My life is in your hands, Mr. President,” Weinstein, 70, says in the video. “If you accept the demands, I live. If you don’t accept the demands, then I die.”

The three-minute video was released on several Islamist web sites.

“It is important that you accept these demands and act quickly and don’t delay,” Weinstein said.

Weinstein, of Rockville, Md., was kidnapped in August outside Pakistan while he was working for J.E. Austin Associates, a private company that advises Pakistani businesses.

In the video, Weinstein tells Obama that he wants to “live and hopefully rejoin my family and also enjoy my children, my two daughters, like you enjoy your two daughters.” Sitting before a platter of food, he also says he is in good health.

“I’m fine. I’m well,” Weinstein said. “I’m getting all my medications and I’m being taken care of.”

It is not known when the video was recorded.

With JTA


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