Chareidi Israeli Citizen Jailed In France Without Access To Lawyer, Tefillin Or Kosher Food


NEW YORK (VINnews) — A chareidi Israeli citizen is imprisoned in France for the past three months for reasons unknown to his family. The man, Shmuel Frankel, left Geneva on 7/25/21 on a bus to Marseilles. He was arrested in Marseilles and since then he has been incarcerated without seeing a lawyer and without the authorities contacting his family. His  kipah, Tzitzis and Tefillin were taken from him and he is subsisting on fruits and vegetables since he does not receive kosher food. The Israeli embassy has yet to be involved in the matter according to a report by B’Chadrei Chareidim.

Shmuel’s family say that on 9/23/21 he was tried and found guilty although the charges are not known. He was sentenced to six months in jail and he is currently imprisoned at a prison near Marseilles.

Local Chabad representative Rabbi Immanuel Aryeh Chaim Taubenblatt succeeded in visiting Shmuel on Friday and described him as despondent. Shmuel, who does not know French, categorically denies the charges against him but has no way to assert his rights. His family say that the medicines he requires for diabetes and high blood pressure were also taken from him, leaving him in frail health. On Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sukkos Shmuel was not able to attend prayers and he was delighted to be able to put on Tefillin on Friday for the first time in three months.

The Israeli foreign ministry said that it is aware of the matter and it is being dealt with by the consular division in Paris.

Please pray for Shmuel Ben Tzivia Esther.

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