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Published on: May 6, 2012 11:41 PM
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In an image provided by IntelCenter a still from the video released Sunday by al-Qaida of American hostage Warren Weinstein  Weinstein said said he will be killed unless President Barack Obama agrees to the militant group's demands.  (AP Photo/IntelCenter)  Mandatory Credit No SalesIn an image provided by IntelCenter a still from the video released Sunday by al-Qaida of American hostage Warren Weinstein Weinstein said said he will be killed unless President Barack Obama agrees to the militant group's demands.  (AP Photo/IntelCenter)  Mandatory Credit No Sales

Pakistan - In a video released Sunday by al-Qaida, American hostage Warren Weinstein said he will be killed unless President Barack Obama agrees to the militant group’s demands.

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

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Weinstein was abducted last August in Lahore, Pakistan, after gunmen tricked his guards and broke into his home. The 70-year-old from Rockville, Md., is the country director in Pakistan for J.E. Austin Associates, a Virginia-based firm that advises a range of Pakistani business and government sectors.

In a video message posted on militant websites in December, al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri said Weinstein would be released if the United States stopped airstrikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. He also demanded the release of all al-Qaida and Taliban suspects around the world.

The White House had no comment Monday on al-Qaida’s demands or Weinstein’s plea.

The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors militant messages, said Al-Sahab, al-Qaida’s media arm, posted the Weinstein video on jihadist forums Sunday.

“It’s important you accept the demands and act quickly and don’t delay,” Weinstein said in the video, addressing Obama. “There’ll be no benefit in delaying, it will just make things more difficult for me.”

He also appealed to Obama as a father. If the president responds to the militants’ demands, Weinstein said, “then I will live and hopefully rejoin my family and also enjoy my children, my two daughters, like you enjoy your two daughters.”

After his kidnapping, Weinstein’s company said he was in poor health and provided a detailed list of medications, many of them for heart problems, that it implored the kidnappers to give him.

In the video released Sunday, Weinstein said he would like his wife, Elaine, to know “I’m fine, I’m well, I’m getting all my medications, I’m being taken care of.”


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 May 07, 2012 at 01:55 AM bechira Says:

I have been davening for this man since he was abducted, this is the first news in so long, and it's so sad. He surely must know that the USA does not bargain with terrorists, and that barring a miracle he will die al kiddush HaShem, only because he is a Jew. May HaShem strengthen him to bear his martyrdom, should this come to pass, and to bear his fearsome captivity in the meantime. Remember Daniel Pearl. Remember who we are, and our mission in life, to uphold G-d's oneness and be holy. Pray for Warren Weinstein, so that when your turn comes to give an accounting for yourself, you will know you at least did something that was within your power to do for him. And if you can do more, do more. I wish I knew what that more was, I want Warren Weinstein returned home safely so much........

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 May 07, 2012 at 07:12 AM mommy Says:

Bechira......... that was so nice!!!!!! Hashem should answer your prayers.

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 May 07, 2012 at 07:58 AM shnitzel Says:

Reply to #1  
bechira Says:

I have been davening for this man since he was abducted, this is the first news in so long, and it's so sad. He surely must know that the USA does not bargain with terrorists, and that barring a miracle he will die al kiddush HaShem, only because he is a Jew. May HaShem strengthen him to bear his martyrdom, should this come to pass, and to bear his fearsome captivity in the meantime. Remember Daniel Pearl. Remember who we are, and our mission in life, to uphold G-d's oneness and be holy. Pray for Warren Weinstein, so that when your turn comes to give an accounting for yourself, you will know you at least did something that was within your power to do for him. And if you can do more, do more. I wish I knew what that more was, I want Warren Weinstein returned home safely so much........

What's his name for tehillim?

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 May 07, 2012 at 08:29 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
bechira Says:

I have been davening for this man since he was abducted, this is the first news in so long, and it's so sad. He surely must know that the USA does not bargain with terrorists, and that barring a miracle he will die al kiddush HaShem, only because he is a Jew. May HaShem strengthen him to bear his martyrdom, should this come to pass, and to bear his fearsome captivity in the meantime. Remember Daniel Pearl. Remember who we are, and our mission in life, to uphold G-d's oneness and be holy. Pray for Warren Weinstein, so that when your turn comes to give an accounting for yourself, you will know you at least did something that was within your power to do for him. And if you can do more, do more. I wish I knew what that more was, I want Warren Weinstein returned home safely so much........

It's very very painful to hear such sad development with a Jew.
On the other side. All Jews have to make a Cheshbon Hanefesh, why is that happening to Jews all over the world. Why are innocent Jews kidnapped when they are not involved in any fights. There must be a reason why Hashem let's those terrorists act against innocent people.
The truth is in the Torah. The Truth of such behavior is only because we are not following the rules of Hashem.
3 years ago, when terrorists have murdered innocent Jews in India, one them was a Rabbi from a very very respectful Famous Family. The great Rabbanim were giving lectures about Kiddush Hashem. One of them asked the following question. If you live in a neighborhood of wild dogs and wild bears in the field. Everyone knows to lock the door at night, not leaving any food outdoors near the house, especially the are very very careful not to do any fun that could steam up the wild dogs. Never try to get involved in fights, don't make him anger.
If one person would steam up the dogs and the the dog bites a innocent child. You would have the reason why this innocent child was bitten.
The same story is with the Terrorists. If the get steamed up. They get wild,and doing harm and all kind of revenge to any Jew they find, even innocent Jews.

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 May 07, 2012 at 08:39 AM Bucher Says:

Reply to #1  
bechira Says:

I have been davening for this man since he was abducted, this is the first news in so long, and it's so sad. He surely must know that the USA does not bargain with terrorists, and that barring a miracle he will die al kiddush HaShem, only because he is a Jew. May HaShem strengthen him to bear his martyrdom, should this come to pass, and to bear his fearsome captivity in the meantime. Remember Daniel Pearl. Remember who we are, and our mission in life, to uphold G-d's oneness and be holy. Pray for Warren Weinstein, so that when your turn comes to give an accounting for yourself, you will know you at least did something that was within your power to do for him. And if you can do more, do more. I wish I knew what that more was, I want Warren Weinstein returned home safely so much........

Wonderful taught but please don't give up hope and keep on praying it won't be waisted
Hatzlucho Rabbe

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 May 07, 2012 at 08:47 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
bechira Says:

I have been davening for this man since he was abducted, this is the first news in so long, and it's so sad. He surely must know that the USA does not bargain with terrorists, and that barring a miracle he will die al kiddush HaShem, only because he is a Jew. May HaShem strengthen him to bear his martyrdom, should this come to pass, and to bear his fearsome captivity in the meantime. Remember Daniel Pearl. Remember who we are, and our mission in life, to uphold G-d's oneness and be holy. Pray for Warren Weinstein, so that when your turn comes to give an accounting for yourself, you will know you at least did something that was within your power to do for him. And if you can do more, do more. I wish I knew what that more was, I want Warren Weinstein returned home safely so much........

What he said!

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 May 07, 2012 at 09:16 AM Avi Says:

Reply to #1  
bechira Says:

I have been davening for this man since he was abducted, this is the first news in so long, and it's so sad. He surely must know that the USA does not bargain with terrorists, and that barring a miracle he will die al kiddush HaShem, only because he is a Jew. May HaShem strengthen him to bear his martyrdom, should this come to pass, and to bear his fearsome captivity in the meantime. Remember Daniel Pearl. Remember who we are, and our mission in life, to uphold G-d's oneness and be holy. Pray for Warren Weinstein, so that when your turn comes to give an accounting for yourself, you will know you at least did something that was within your power to do for him. And if you can do more, do more. I wish I knew what that more was, I want Warren Weinstein returned home safely so much........

Not everything is about Jews. It's a shame he was abducted, but it's an Issur D'ohraisa to put one's self in harm's way, such as by going to a country that is unofficially at war with the US. He practically committed suicide, which is usually frowned upon in Halacha. Al-Qaida has issues with the US, but there's never been a sign that they care about Jews in particular.

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 May 07, 2012 at 09:16 AM lazer12 Says:

Reply to #1  
bechira Says:

I have been davening for this man since he was abducted, this is the first news in so long, and it's so sad. He surely must know that the USA does not bargain with terrorists, and that barring a miracle he will die al kiddush HaShem, only because he is a Jew. May HaShem strengthen him to bear his martyrdom, should this come to pass, and to bear his fearsome captivity in the meantime. Remember Daniel Pearl. Remember who we are, and our mission in life, to uphold G-d's oneness and be holy. Pray for Warren Weinstein, so that when your turn comes to give an accounting for yourself, you will know you at least did something that was within your power to do for him. And if you can do more, do more. I wish I knew what that more was, I want Warren Weinstein returned home safely so much........

Are you sure he's Jewish?

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 May 07, 2012 at 09:53 AM Benny Says:

USA should hold Pakistan responsible
If they don't let us do the job - do it yourself, if not - suffer the consequences for harboring the terrorists

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 May 07, 2012 at 09:59 AM BuckyinWisconsin Says:

Reply to #7  
Avi Says:

Not everything is about Jews. It's a shame he was abducted, but it's an Issur D'ohraisa to put one's self in harm's way, such as by going to a country that is unofficially at war with the US. He practically committed suicide, which is usually frowned upon in Halacha. Al-Qaida has issues with the US, but there's never been a sign that they care about Jews in particular.

Avi, you are terribly mistaken. Lav dafka, the fight of Al queda is specifically against Jews. Have you never read any of the speeched of bin Laden yemach shmo? The stated reason for hitting the Twin Towers in New York was that it would kill a lot of Jews. The whole mission of Al Queda is predicated on Jew hared, exactly like the Nazis.

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 May 07, 2012 at 09:59 AM concerned_Jew Says:

And if he is not Jewish, then everything is ok?

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 May 07, 2012 at 10:19 AM Yecky Says:

Reply to #5  
Bucher Says:

Wonderful taught but please don't give up hope and keep on praying it won't be waisted
Hatzlucho Rabbe

Thought not Taught Wasted not Waisted

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 May 07, 2012 at 11:15 AM PashutehYid Says:

While we all feel terrible about this fellow, however, it cannot be stressed enough that no business or parnasa or cause is worth going into these Arab and primitive countries for. They are a den of wild wolves, with no protection or accountability.

The same goes for those who vacation in Sinai, and Alan Gross who risked his life to install computer systems in Cuba. What on earth are you thinking by going to these uncivilized places? Stay in Israel or USA. There are enough jobs here, and enough siteseeing.

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 May 07, 2012 at 11:24 AM Avrohom Abba Says:

Mr. Weinstein is just their current excuse to commit another murder. But AL Quieda and all those other Muslim hate groups are not only against Jews! Who is murdering all the Christians all over Africa? Not the Buddhists. Not the Jews. These killers are safe with no fear of doubting. They refuse to allow anyone to question their prophet or the Koran. Obviously they fear the failure of losing an argument so they make it a law not to allow questions.
The Christians are being burned and tortured and raped just like these cavemen have done to us. Mohamed tried to be accepted by the rabbis of his time, but they rejected him. So all of a sudden he wrote a book which dictates hate and murder against the Jews and he says that his god told him to write it.

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 May 07, 2012 at 11:25 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

It's very very painful to hear such sad development with a Jew.
On the other side. All Jews have to make a Cheshbon Hanefesh, why is that happening to Jews all over the world. Why are innocent Jews kidnapped when they are not involved in any fights. There must be a reason why Hashem let's those terrorists act against innocent people.
The truth is in the Torah. The Truth of such behavior is only because we are not following the rules of Hashem.
3 years ago, when terrorists have murdered innocent Jews in India, one them was a Rabbi from a very very respectful Famous Family. The great Rabbanim were giving lectures about Kiddush Hashem. One of them asked the following question. If you live in a neighborhood of wild dogs and wild bears in the field. Everyone knows to lock the door at night, not leaving any food outdoors near the house, especially the are very very careful not to do any fun that could steam up the wild dogs. Never try to get involved in fights, don't make him anger.
If one person would steam up the dogs and the the dog bites a innocent child. You would have the reason why this innocent child was bitten.
The same story is with the Terrorists. If the get steamed up. They get wild,and doing harm and all kind of revenge to any Jew they find, even innocent Jews.

"one them was a Rabbi from a very very respectful Famous Family. "

Really. And what about the other 2 rabbis and 3 women, one of whom was pregnant? And the child who was almost lost as well? I guess they weren't important to mention.

Actually, with terrorists, you don't need to "steam" them as you put it. All you have to do is be a Jew. I suppose every Jew in Israel, just by being there and going about their lives, is "steaming" the terrorists?

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 May 07, 2012 at 11:26 AM qazxc Says:

Reply to #9  
Benny Says:

USA should hold Pakistan responsible
If they don't let us do the job - do it yourself, if not - suffer the consequences for harboring the terrorists

We can't hurt Pakistan. Pakistan is our ally in the the war on terror. President Bush said so. Repeatedly.

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 May 07, 2012 at 11:48 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
Yecky Says:

Thought not Taught Wasted not Waisted

Yecky, nut Yucky

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 May 07, 2012 at 12:09 PM 5TResident Says:

I feel sorry for this man but as a Jew, he should know not to put himself in peril. Does he expect the United States to now cough up terrorists so that he can live? Does that not make a huge Chilul Hashem?

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 May 07, 2012 at 12:52 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #16  
qazxc Says:

We can't hurt Pakistan. Pakistan is our ally in the the war on terror. President Bush said so. Repeatedly.

I hope you are being sarcastic. Pakistan is the most duplicitous country in the world. May they get what's coming to them. Yimach shmom, V'zichrom....

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 May 07, 2012 at 04:46 PM ShmuelG Says:

Reply to #18  
5TResident Says:

I feel sorry for this man but as a Jew, he should know not to put himself in peril. Does he expect the United States to now cough up terrorists so that he can live? Does that not make a huge Chilul Hashem?

No, it doesn't. Even if Warren Weinstein is a Jew, there is no Chillul Hashem in his plea. He participated in that video under duress. Everybody with half a brain understands that. If you've never been tortured, you shouldn't judge men like Mr. Weinstein.

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 May 07, 2012 at 07:22 PM qazxc Says:

Reply to #13  
PashutehYid Says:

While we all feel terrible about this fellow, however, it cannot be stressed enough that no business or parnasa or cause is worth going into these Arab and primitive countries for. They are a den of wild wolves, with no protection or accountability.

The same goes for those who vacation in Sinai, and Alan Gross who risked his life to install computer systems in Cuba. What on earth are you thinking by going to these uncivilized places? Stay in Israel or USA. There are enough jobs here, and enough siteseeing.

Alan Gross was in Cuba to assist the Jewish community.
Please don't lump him together with Pearl and lhbd"l Weinstein.

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 May 07, 2012 at 05:54 PM 5TResident Says:

Reply to #20  
ShmuelG Says:

No, it doesn't. Even if Warren Weinstein is a Jew, there is no Chillul Hashem in his plea. He participated in that video under duress. Everybody with half a brain understands that. If you've never been tortured, you shouldn't judge men like Mr. Weinstein.

Perhaps. But unless he was under extreme duress, he had no business being in any Arab country. Israeli soldiers, who are trained in military skills and who are usually armed, are at risk for being kidnapped. Kol V'Choimer Mr. Weinstein.

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 May 07, 2012 at 07:19 PM qazxc Says:

Reply to #19  
Anonymous Says:

I hope you are being sarcastic. Pakistan is the most duplicitous country in the world. May they get what's coming to them. Yimach shmom, V'zichrom....

The problem is that while I might have been sarcastic, our previous president wasn't being sarcastic when he kept insisting that the Pakistanis are our allies in the war on terror and refused to launch attacks against our enemies when they sought a safe haven in Pakistan.

Had he still been in office OBL would still be enjoying the peace and quiet of sanctuary in the backyard of the Pakistani military academy.

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 May 09, 2012 at 03:17 AM liverpool Says:

Reply to #22  
5TResident Says:

Perhaps. But unless he was under extreme duress, he had no business being in any Arab country. Israeli soldiers, who are trained in military skills and who are usually armed, are at risk for being kidnapped. Kol V'Choimer Mr. Weinstein.

It's not an Arab country. And this country being a major recipient of US assistance, there are many very well paying jobs for those who qualify. Most Pakistanis are rather nice, non-violent people - that said, there are whole provinces ceded to what amounts to tribal, Taliban-ridden local rule.
I'm not saying it should be a Chol hamoed destination, but it's not such a ridiculous decision as it's made out to be, especially when it was done as a part of a job. And US presence there is rather important for our national security and military interests - as well as nuclear stability of the world.
He took a major risk, and it went against him. I hope his employers and Pakistani govt are doing more then "everything possible" to secure his release. And obviously his video was dictated by his captors and no word of it should be taken seriously.

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