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U.S. Hostage Video Appeals To Israeli PM To Meet Al-Qaeda Demands

Abductee Warren Weinstein in England in a 2009 photo.
Abductee Warren Weinstein in England in a 2009 photo.
A 71-year-old U.S. aid worker kidnapped more than a year ago in Pakistan has appeared in a video posted to the Internet asking Israel's prime minister for help in meeting Al-Qaeda's demands so that he can be freed.

The hostage, Warren Weinstein, said U.S. President Barack Obama had shown “no interest” in his case" and appealed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for help "as one Jew to another."

Weinstein did not specify what Al-Qaeda's demands were, but previous Al-Qaeda conditions for his release have included the freeing of all Al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects around the world and a halt to U.S. air strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen.

Wearing a white T-shirt, Weinstein spoke while sitting down in front of a camouflage background.

Weinstein also appeared in a video appeal made by his captors in May 2012.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP

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