Ostreicher Petition Gets Nearly 9,000 Signatures – Still Needs 16,000

The petition filed on the White House web page on behalf of Jacob Ostreicher has reached nearly 9,000, but still needs about 16,000 more to reach the required 25,000 signatures to earn a response from the President.

Ostreicher, an American citizen, has been held in a Bolivian prison for nearly one year without being charged with a crime. With the petition, community leaders and the family members of Jacob are hoping for the President’s intervention on his behalf.

(See ABC report here).

The following is from FreeJacobnow.com.

“Jacob Ostreicher is a 53 year old American citizen, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He and his wife Miriam raised five children and are blessed with 11 grandchildren. Scrupulous in his business affairs, Jacob had a successful career built on a reputation of integrity and for the compassionate treatment of his workers.

Today, Jacob is languishing in a jail in Bolivia where he is at the mercy of prison gangs who have the run of the notorious Palmasola Prison. There are no guards inside the prison where the most hardened criminals make and enforce the rules. Observers report that there is an average of one “suicide” per month – the term used by officials there for inside murders.

Why is this American citizen wasting away (he has lost 60 lbs.), living in fear among these killers and drug lords? It is because he Invested in land in Bolivia and managed a rice business whose success caught the eye of powerful government officials. They used deception to arrest him and have now been holding him without trial for more than eleven months,while they move to strip him of his assets.

His innocence is documented. His elderly parents and young grandchildren are distraught. His family is torn apart. He is in real danger.”
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  1. Is this petition sponsored by anyone who really knows what the best strategy is for freeing this yid? Sometimes people have good intentions, but do the wrong thing. Is there someone responsible behind this?

  2. To #1 help a yid says:
    May 15, 2012 at 11:27 pm
    just signed up!!! please all sign up, i don’t know him but he is a fellow yid…

    Is it okay if I sign the petition if I’m a goy – and just a fellow American citizen..?.

  3. don’t talk so much! Go ahead and sign! It’s prob. being run by the family. Andre besides, what harm can pres. Obama do? Go sign!!!

  4. Tried to sign .. got this message from the White House site…

    Our Apologies
    This Section of our site is currently undergoing maintenance
    We appreciate your patience while we make some improvements

  5. # 4………
    of course!! I’m a goy too,and i signed.Hes a fellow American.It should be on every website in America.
    This just happens to be a jewish website so people refer to him as a fellow “yid”. Now go sign it takes less than a minute.

  6. To #5, I am Comment 12:06 AM. I’m probably alot older than you and I’ve been around the block a few times. I’ve seen people with good intentions do stupid, rash things that harm rather than help. You may be right in this case, but before signing, I like to know if there’s someone behind it who know what he’s doing.

  7. to #4, thanks for caring about your fellow man. It doesn’t matter what religion he is or what religion you are or anyone is for that matter. He is in a inhuman jail for no just cause. lets just all help him get out!

  8. someone should be sitting at the entrance of the Asifa at citi-field and as participants go in, they should sign this petition…40,000 tickets sold, and only 15,000 more signatures needed.

  9. I am also a goy and I will sign as well. I also keep shabbos, kashrus, and other laws and am very knowledgable in Rambam Yad hachazakah.

    Did I mention I was a goy?

  10. #14 i also have the same problem. i know his family, and i really really want to sign. i tried so many times. what am i doing wrong? im signed in and it wont let me click sign petition.

  11. Why does the petition for Yanky Ostreicher have only 10,000 signatures after half a month?? I don’t understand how people can ignore the anguish of a heimish family in their time of need. All it takes is a minute, a minute while sitting in the comfort of your home/office.

    Stop a minute and think of Yanky’s pain, sitting in prison helpless among murderers. If it would chas v’sholom be your father, father-in-law, brother etc. would you pass it on without thought?? Yanky is your fellow YId and if not us Yidden who will care for him and his family???

    Please, please everyone, go now to http://www.freejacobnow.com and sign the petition for Yanky Ostreicher.

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