Hikind: Can Congress Get the State Department to Step Up for Ostreicher?


dov-hikindBy Dov Hikind

I am relieved that so many of our friends and other elected officials have gotten involved with Jacob Ostreicher’s case. Congressman Chris Smith from New Jersey is currently in Bolivia advocating for Jacob and Congressman Bob Turner appeared with Miriam Ostreicher on Fox News to discuss yesterday’s hearing in Bolivia which was, unfortunately, postponed yet again. You can watch that Fox News report here.

“Jacob Ostreicher, husband, father and grandfather has been unlawfully imprisoned in Bolivia for nearly a year, without being charged,” Congressman Turner told Congress’s Foreign Affairs Subcommittee last week. “He lives in a ‘prison town’ where the guards monitor the exterior but, internally there is no supervision – a condition which puts Jacob in fear for his life daily. He needs medical attention, but has repeatedly been denied it.”

My office is in constant contact with Miriam Ostreicher as we maintain our commitment to bringing Jacob home as soon as possible. Toward that end, we have arranged addition meetings with more elected officials for Mrs. Ostreicher over the next week, which will be announced as they occur. The point in all of these meetings is to have other elected officials adopt the Ostreicher’s cause as their own-just as we have. And, sooner than later, see the State Department do the same.

{Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. State Department are ARABISTS who fought Truman on the declaration and vote in the UN of 1948 for the establishment of Israel.

    State Department are the noose around the neck of Pollard,, anti Israel -Anti-Semitic – Anti Jewish… May hashem guide our destiny clearly.

  2. It is totally unfair and a breach of human rights that Ostreicher is being held without charges in Bolivia. Unfortunately, he is not the only victim of the awful justice system there. But even worse, the US continues to hold over a hundred people without trial in the Guantanamo prison. Bring Ostreicher home or give him a fair trial, and try the Guantanamo detainees in either a civilian or military court!