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December 26, 2013 10:30 am

American Jew Held by Al-Qaeda Pleas With Obama to Negotiate His Release With Captors

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American Jewish captive Warren Weinstein. Photo: Screenshot.

JNS.orgKidnapped Jewish U.S, government contractor Warren Weinstein said he feels “totally abandoned and forgotten” by the U.S. government and urged President Barack Obama to negotiate his freedom in a 13-minute video message released on Christmas by al-Qaeda.

Weinstein, 72, was abducted in Lahore, Pakistan in 2011. According to police reports at the time, eight to 10 men approached Weinstein’s house on a ploy, tied up Weinstein’s three guards, and took him away. At the time of his capture, Weinstein had been working in Pakistan for several years as a director of J.E. Austin Associates, a U.S.-based development contractor that advises different Pakistani business and government sectors.

“Nine years ago, I came to Pakistan to help my government and I did so at a time when most Americans would not come here,” he said on this latest of a string of video messages released since his kidnapping, CNN reported. “And now, when I need my government, it seems I have been totally abandoned and forgotten…Needless to say, I’ve been suffering deep anxiety every part of everyday, not knowing what is happening to my family and not knowing how they are and because I am not with them.”

U.S. officials have have continued to indicate that the U.S. government does not plan to bargain with al Qaeda. “At least they show he is alive, and that must give us hope,” Mike Redwood, a leather industry expert who worked with Weinstein in Pakistan, wrote to in an email last week. “Despite his age Warren is one of the cleverest and most resourceful people I know, but his capture has come at the most dreadful moment to hope for much cooperation between the governments of Pakistan and the USA.”

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  • Yikes,it’s gotta be hard for this abductee, knowing how brutal Al Qaeda has been to others.
    It seems preposterous to think his “abandonment” is accountable to his heritage.

    If the us govt negotiates with his captors, they would be knowingly sentencing countless other Americans in the Middle East to similar treatment.

    Isn’t this the same dilemma presented in every kidnapping?

  • Lawrence Kulak

    WAIT A MINUTE. WHY DOES ISRAEL NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORISTS BUT THE US DOES NOT? Is land more important than human life? why is Israel being forced to negotiate with terrorists from Fatah when it comes to land cessation but Obama refuses to negotiate the release of one human being?!! Maybe all it would take would be some sweet talk which we all know Obama is amply capable of? The answer simply is because this man is a Jew and the Government simply does not care. Plain and simple.

  • Emanuel

    When the State Department responds they are “working hard to authenticate” the contents of the message.” it means they don’t care. The video is self-authenticating and his handwriting wouldn’t take 5 minutes to authenticate if they cared.