Al-Qaeda Releases Another Video of U.S. Hostage Weinstein
A U.S. hostage held by Al-Qaeda urged his wife in a video to contact American Jewish communities to call on President Barack Obama to help secure his release, AFP reported on Thursday based on the SITE Intelligence Group.
Warren Weinstein, a relief worker with USAID captured in Lahore, Pakistan in August 2011, appeared in the video shared on Islamist websites on Thursday, the U.S.-based monitoring group said, in the second video appealing for his freedom in recent days.
Weinstein, who said he was being treated well, "asked his wife to make contact with Jewish communities in the U.S. to pressure Obama and the American government to work with and accept Al-Qaeda's demands," SITE said.
He also called on his wife to "work with the American Jewish communities in order to work with the Israeli government and Prime Minister (Binyamin) Netanyahu” to help secure his freedom.
In an earlier video which was released on Wednesday, Weinstein had called for help from Netanyahu, in a "one Jew to another" appeal, to help in his case, saying that Obama had taken "no interest" in his captivity.
"Therefore, as a Jew, I am appealing to you, Prime Minister Netanyahu, the head of the Jewish State of Israel, as one Jew to another, to please intervene on my behalf, to work with the mujahedeen and to accept their demands," he said.
In a video in May he asked Obama to accept the demands of his kidnappers for an end to air strikes and the release of Islamists held in the United States.