Al-Qaeda releases a hostage video of Warren Weinstein which shows him appealing to U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to help negotiate his freedom. (Reuters)
An American aid worker abducted by al-Qaeda in Pakistan last year has pleaded with President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet his captors’ demands for the release of prisoners in order to save his life, in a video released on (September 12) by the militant group’s media arm.
In the video, Warren Weinstein, who was kidnapped in the central Pakistani city of Lahore last August, says the Obama administration has shown little interest in his case and then appeals to Netanyahu, “one Jew to another, to please intervene on my behalf.”
“Therefore, as a Jew, I'm appealing to you Prime Minister Netanyahu, the head of the Jewish state of Israel, one Jew to another, to please intervene on my behalf. To work with the Mujahideen and to accept their demands so that I can be released and returned to my family. See my wife, my children and my grandchildren again. So as one Jew to another I beg you to please accept the demands of the Mujahideen and to obtain my freedom,” Weinstein said.
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri said in an audio recording in December that the group was responsible for Weinstein's abduction and demanded the release of all those in U.S. detention for ties his Islamist militant group or the Taliban.
He also demanded an end to air strikes by the United States and its allies against militants in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia and Gaza.