VIDEO: Congressman Chris Smith To Hold Exclusive Hearing On Jacob Ostreicher; Wife, Daughter To Testify

VIDEO: Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04), who was in Lakewood on Friday to meet with the Board Of Education, says he will be holding an exclusive hearing on Capitol Hill in the coming days in hopes of securing Jacob Ostreicher’s release from prison.

“When I heard about Jacob Ostreicher, I was moved, deeply”, Congressman Smith tells TLS. “And I decided there needed to be some additional congressional focus on his unjust incarceration in Bolivia.”

Ostreicher has been incarcerated without any charges against him, for almost a year. He has shed dozens of pound in the recent weeks since going on a hunger strike and his health has deteriorated, Smith says.

“I do believe that if we put a huge push and bring light and scrutiny to this human rights abuse of an American citizen, Jacob will be free.”

The White House petition filed on his behalf, has reached the necessary 25,000 votes. TLS.

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  1. I recall the number of votes a week ago being far from the goal.
    How moving that so many signed up and seeing the Congressman getting involved too!

    Mi K’amcho Yisroel.

  2. Chris Smith cares about all Americans in need. He is a true humanitarian. I believe he sent down some of his chief aides to be briefed by Lakewood Askonim. I heard they met the Lakewood Shopper after they did that front page story on Mr. Ostreicher. Kudos to the Lakewood Shopper for bringing this story back to the front of peoples mind. Hopefully soon Bezras Hashem, Jacob will be freed from his terrible imprisonment

  3. Baruch Hashem the petition has reached the 25,000 minimum. However that’s only the minimum required, the more signatures obtained the better the chance of getting the Obama administration to intervene.

    If you did not sign yet the petition, please do so now. Only 3 more days to go.

    Also, everyone, please have in mind Yaakov Yehuda ben Shaindel at davening and, if possible, please say Tehilim daily, that he should come home fast and safely.

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