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May 7, 2012 0

Al Qaeda Releases Video of Abducted American

A video of War­ren Wein­stein, an Amer­i­can Jew who was abducted in Pak­istan last August, was released by Al Qaeda yes­ter­day. In the video, Wein­stein begs Pres­i­dent Obama to “please accept and respond to the demands of the mujahideen,” call­ing them “easy.” 

“My life is in your hands, Mr. Pres­i­dent.  If you accept the demands I live; if you don’t accept the demands then I die… Don’t delay… it will just make things more dif­fi­cult for me.” 

Wein­stein, who appears thin in the video, also crit­i­cizes the U.S. gov­ern­ment, say­ing that despite his years of pub­lic ser­vice (Wein­stein had a long career work­ing for var­i­ous gov­ern­ment agen­cies), not enough has been done to secure his release.

In videos released since Weinstein’s cap­ture, Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri claimed respon­si­bil­ity and specif­i­cally high­lighted Weinstein’s Jew­ish iden­tity when dis­cussing the demands for his release: “The Amer­i­can Jew… will not return to his fam­ily, by the will of Allah, until our demands are met, which include the release of Aafia Sid­dique, Sheik Omar Abdel Rah­man, the fam­ily of Sheikh Osama bin Laden, and every sin­gle per­son arrested on alle­ga­tions of links with Al Qaeda and the Taliban.”

Other demands include the lift­ing of the Gaza block­ade; a halt to Amer­i­can and allied attacks in Pak­istan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Soma­lia and Gaza; and the clo­sure of Guantanamo.

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