What the door­man saw: a warn­ing of things to come

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

IN 2008, nine years be­fore Fri­day’s slaugh­ter, 10 men ap­proached se­cu­rity guards at the Bat­a­clan night­club. Their faces were shrouded in kef­fiyehs, a sym­bol of Pales­tinian na­tion­al­ism.

They told them: “This is some­thing we can­not con­tinue to ac­cept. You will pay the con­se­quences of your ac­tions.”

It was un­der­stood that they may have been re­fer­ring to the venue’s Jewish roots and pro-Is­rael stance.

Two years later, counter-ter­ror­ism of­fi­cers were told of a plot by Jaish Is­lam, Al Qaeda’s branch in Gaza, to or­gan­ise an at­tack at the the­atre.

The venue, which un­til Septem­ber was owned by a French Jew, Joel Laloux, has re­ceived sev­eral death threats in the past for host­ing pro-Is­rael events.

In Oc­to­ber, it was the meet­ing place for 500 Zion­ist Chris­tians who came to voice their sup­port for a Jewish state. Be­tween 2006 and 2009 it hosted the an­nual gala of Mig­dal, a French Jewish char­ity that raises funds for Is­raeli border se­cu­rity.

Then, in 2011, Le Fi­garo re­ported that Farouk Ben Abbes, a Bel­gian ar­rested in Egypt af­ter the terror at­tack on a group of French stu­dents in Cairo, had con­fessed that he “was plan­ning an at­tack against the Bat­a­clan in France”.

France’s far-right Jewish De­fence League said in a state­ment: “Pro-Pales­tinian groups des­ig­nated it openly as a ‘Zion­ist’ con­cert hall, and now we see the re­sult.”

The Ea­gles of Death Metal, who were play­ing there on Fri­day, had re­cently toured Is­rael, de­spite calls for them to boy­cott as part of the BDS move­ment.

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