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.