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Paris’ Bataclan Theater was BDS and terrorist target for years

Paris’ Bataclan Theater was BDS and terrorist target for years

An uncomfortable history for some.

Of all the attacks in Paris yesterday, the attack on the Bataclan Theater was the most devastating.

French authorities said more than 80 people died in the club where California-based band Eagles of Death Metal had been playing for about an hour. When the shooting started after four gunmen entered the front of the 1,500-seat theater, dozens struggled to flee out the back alleyway as shots were being fired.

Gunmen who had entered, dressed all in black and armed with AK-47 rifles, calmly opened fire randomly at patrons who dived for cover on the floor, according to radio reporter Julien Pearce, who was near the stage when the shooting started. “The terrorists were very calm, very determined, and they reloaded three or four times,” Pearce said. “I saw 20 to 25 bodies lying on the floor.”

But why the Bataclan, of all the theaters and gathering places in Paris?

The answer may lie in the fact that it is Jewish-owned, and has been a target for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions BDS movement and terrorist threats for years.

This history was first publicized yesterday by the French Le Point magazine (via Google Translate):

Le Point Le Bataclan Theater Headline

“We had a planned attack against the Bataclan because the owners were Jewish. “This sentence, chilling under the taking of hostages and the carnage that would have made ​​this Friday,” a hundred dead, “according to police sources, was delivered to the offices of the DCRI, in February 2011. The French services then questioned members of “Jaish al-Islam,” the Army of Islam, suspected of the attack that killed a French student in Cairo in February 2009. They were planning an attack in France and had therefore taken targeted the famous Parisian theater.

Rehearsals threats

In 2007 and 2008, the Bataclan was already under the threat of more or less radical groups.At issue: holding regular conferences and galas of Jewish organizations, including the “Magav”, a border guard unit depending on the policy of Israel. In December 2008, whereas the Israeli military operation takes place in the Gaza Strip, the threats around the Bataclan are more accurate. On the Web, a video showing a group of a dozen young, face hidden by keffiyehs, threatening officials Bataclan about the organization’s annual gala Magav. At the time, Le Parisien devotes an article without this handful of activists to be truly identified. In the process, the annual meeting will be postponed.

Since then, whenever a Jewish organization meets at Bataclan, many hostile comments flourish on the Web. Yet in recent years, they seemed to have faded. Nevertheless, the Israeli press recalled that the rock band Eagles of Death that occurred Friday evening 13 had toured Israel. The group was then faced more calls for a boycott, which had not prevented from producing it.

The Tower Magazine provides this video from 2008:

Israel’s i24 News reports:

The threats against the Bataclan go back several years, with the venue often being a target of anti-Zionist groups. In 2007 and 2008, the theater received threats from radical groups due to its regular hosting of the conferences and galas of Jewish organizations, including one for the Israeli border police.

In December 2008, during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip, threats to the Bataclan intensified and became more specific. A video was posted on the internet showing a group of youths with their faces masked, threatening the concert hall for its support of an event in honor of the Israeli border police.

Furthermore, pro-Palestinian associations have launched numerous petitions and encouraged their supporters to write to the authorities to protest the Bataclan’s hosting of pro-Israeli military events.

In 2011, Le Figaro reported that Farouk Ben Abbes, a Belgian national arrested in Egypt after the terror attack on a group of French students in Cairo in February that killed 17-year-old Cécile Vannier, had confessed that he “was planning an attack against the Bataclan in France.”

Three days after the attack on the French students, a report written by the General Directorate for External Security (DGSE) in Cairo indicated that the teenagers had been targeted by a militant group who wanted them “to pay for France’s participation in Germinal boat blockade of Gaza” [a French-Israeli operation to stop the transfer of weapons to the coastal enclave].

In a series of arrests in May 2009, Egyptian State Security arrested seven suspects in connection with the attack on the French teens, one of whom justified possible attacks on the Bataclan on the grounds that “the owners are Jews.”

(Added) Via Gateway Pundit, who indicates the theater may have been sold to new owners a few weeks ago, another video of BDS/Palestinian attacks on Bataclan:

Needless to say, BDS supporters are uncomfortable with this history.

But as we know from the Paris riots in the summer of 2014 directed at the Jewish community, and subsequent violence connected to BDS, there is a connection between the frenzy directed at Israel, and violence against Jewish institutions and Jews. See several of my posts:

That connection may not have motivated ISIS, it’s too early to tell.

But it’s still part of the ugly history of anti-Semitic violence in France, and needs to be discussed as France and Europe decide what types of societies they will have. And whether there is a place for Jews.


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They want to destroy Jews economically and totally (they will come around to Blumenthal eventually); now that there has been a strike at Bataclan, fulfilling their long cherished dream, they’re getting squeamish? Come on, guys, own it! They’re playing mas’ but are afraid of powder.

Any Jews in Europe, who are concerned about their safety and their future, and who want to come here, should be given immediate refugee status, and welcomed with open arms. I would rather have a European Jewish family living next door, than a houseful of young Syrian Muslim men.

I wonder how serious liberal American Jews see this threat? How can someone who is Jewish be part of a political party that is fairly anti semitic and many of the BDS demonstraters have a home in the Democrat Party? Europe can’t look to us for leadership because there is no will by this president and the administration to take it to Islamic Terrorism! Finally, my wife and I were thinking of Israel after these attacks and hoping noghing would happen in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.

    broomhandle in reply to natdj. | November 14, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    I’ve spent a good deal of effort over the years persuading Jews who are Democrats to stop being Democrats (it matters much less to me what they do after that, so long as the leave the party of complete and utter stupidity) and I’ve had some good success with it. It’s a historical problem and it is changing slowly. Far too slowly but I am hopeful because I’ve seen how sweet it is when I win.

The EU should put a little less energy into labeling Israeli products … and a little more energy into labeling suspected terrorists.

Sammy Finkelman | November 15, 2015 at 12:45 am

I had thought there were no Jewish targets this time, albeit possibly because all obvious Jewish targets are giarded by police. (terrorists may also be divided as to their interest in this)

Wikipedia says it was actually sold this September:

Two Jewish brothers, Pascal and Joel Laloux, owned the Bataclan theatre for more than forty years until they sold the theatre in September 2015.[34] Previous owners reported that the venue had been threatened several times by anti-Israel and anti-Zionists for its public support of Israel. In 2011, a group called “Army of Islam” threatened the venue because of Jewish ownership.[35][36][37]

The sale actually took place on September 11th. One of the brothers is now in Israel. They knew the people who worked there. Its not clear who the new owners are.

The question is really, Is there a place in Europe for moslems?

    Ragspierre in reply to ray. | November 15, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Well, there has been for the last several hundred years.

    Muslims have been part of the culture of Europe for that long.

    The better question is HOW MANY Muslims, and of what stripe, can be contained in a Europe that maintains its own identity.

    An Oxford don who lectures in comparative religions and whose wife shops…uncovered…at Selfridges is not the same cat as a guy from Pakistan married to his first cousin.

” But why the Bataclan, of all the theaters and gathering places in Paris?

The answer may lie in the fact that it is Jewish-owned, ”


The French elite were hoping that throwing the Jews to the wolves would slake their thirst for blood. It didn’t work. And now with emigration now running at 15,000 a year or more, the elite will soon run out Jews. Then who’s turn will it be?

[…] brothers, who had often employed it as a venue for pro-Israel and other Jewish events. This was widely known, such that the place had previously been targeted by Islamist mobs, who, on a recent march on the […]

The days of me traveling where I can’t pack a side arm are numbered.

We are vacationing in PVR this winter, but I don’t know how many more times I’m setting foot in a place that prohibits me from protecting myself.

Before WW3 and a civil war in America breaks out, it’s time to get back to basics.

Take another look at ‘Barack Hussein Obama:’

Unrelated, but worth distributing:

Clinton Goes after Laugh Factory Comedians for Making Fun of Her:

In what appears to be a first for a serious presidential contender, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is going after five comedians who made fun of the former Secretary of State in standup skits at a popular Hollywood comedy club.

A video of the short performance, which is less than three minutes, is posted on the website of the renowned club, Laugh Factory, and the Clinton campaign has tried to censor it. Besides demanding that the video be taken down, the Clinton campaign has demanded the personal contact information of the performers that appear in the recording. This is no laughing matter for club owner Jamie Masada, a comedy guru who opened Laugh Factory more than three decades ago and has been instrumental in launching the careers of many famous comics. “They threatened me,” Masada told Judicial Watch. “I have received complains before but never a call like this, threatening to put me out of business if I don’t cut the video.”

Practically all of the country’s most acclaimed comedians have performed at the Laugh Factory and undoubtedly they have offended politicians and other well-known personalities with their standup routines. Tim Allen, Jay Leno, Roseanne Bar, Drew Carey, George Carlin, Jim Carrey, Martin Lawrence, Jerry Seinfeld and George Lopez are among the big names that have headlined at the Laugh Factory. The First Amendment right to free speech is a crucial component of the operation, though Masada drew the line a few years ago banning performers—including African Americans—from using the “n-word” in their acts.

The five short performances that Clinton wants eliminated include some profanity and portions could be considered crass, but some of the lines are funny and that’s what the Laugh Factory is all about. The video features the individual acts of five comedians, four men and a woman. The skits make fun of Clinton’s wardrobe, her age, sexual orientation, the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the former First Lady’s relationship with her famous husband. The Laugh Factory has appropriately titled it “Hillary vs. The First Amendment.”