UJFP’s Co-chairman, Pierre Stambul, arrested by the RAID (the anti-terrorist unit of the French National Police) then held in custody for seven hours
It was 1:30 am. The phone rang for a long time. Pierre eventually picked it up: nobody was on the line.
At 3:50 am, he heard some noise and voices at the door. He went outside and policemen of the RAID pounced on him. He was handcuffed for one hour. His girlfriend, that he supposedly murdered, was there but her presence didn’t calm down the police.
Officers of Marseilles’ 8th District police station then took over procedures from the RAID.
Overall, Pierre spent seven hours in custody. He was only interrogated once. He was released around 11 am without hearing any apology from the police and after several doors were knocked down in his home.
This isn’t the first time that members of the solidarity movement with Palestine have been targeted. This method is characteristic of a Franco-Israeli hacker, Grégory Chelli, alias Ulcan, who got a lot of press coverage in the past.
It clearly aims at hindering the development of the BDS (Boycott, Disinvestment, Sanctions) campaign and at trying to silence the expression of a Jewish voice for justice and equality.
We want to thank the numerous people and organizations that have shown solidarity with us this morning.
These attempts at intimidation will not silence us, on the contrary, they prove the weakness of those who want to drag Jews onto a suicidal path, that of apartheid and disregard of international law.
The meeting organized by UJFP in Toulouse tonight will take place with Pierre, as initially planned.
The National Board of UJFP (French Jewish Peace Union), 9 June 2015
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