French police falsely arrest anti-Zionist Jewish leader after “murder” hoax

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Pierre Stambul and his partner were violently awoken by police at their home in the French port city of Marseille.

“It was a bad moment because the cops came in my home very, very violently,” Stambul, co-president of the French Jewish Union for Peace (Union Juive Française pour la Paix – UFJP), told The Electronic Intifada. “They broke the doors to enter. I was handcuffed for one hour and spent seven hours in jail.”

The ordeal was the result of an anonymous, false tip-off to police that Stambul had murdered his wife.

Stambul, a strong critic of Israel, believes it was intended to stop him giving a speech in Toulouse that evening on anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.

Stambul says police put him in a cell for three hours before he was questioned. When he told them his suspicions of who had given the tip-off, they held him for another three hours while they checked out the story.

French police falsely arrest anti-Zionist Jewish leader after “murder” hoax | The Electronic Intifada.

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