Bataclan theatre may have been target due to ‘Jewish owners’

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Bataclan theatre may have been target due to ‘Jewish owners’

Paris was dominated by police cars and  as it descended into a state of emergency
Paris was dominated by police cars and as it descended into a state of emergency
The Bataclan theatre in Paris in 2008

The Bataclan theatre may have been targeted in last night’s deadly Paris terror attacks, ‘due to its Jewish owners,’ according to French magazine Le Point.

At least 127 were killed in a series’ of bombings and mass shootings at five locations in Paris on Friday night.

Attacks across the French capital caused devastation, as the France’s president issued a ‘state of emergency’, closing all the borders.

Earlier reports indicated 100 people had been killed inside the Bataclan theatre, which had been due to host a concert by American band, Eagles Of Death Metal. 

In horrific scenes officers stormed the Bataclan concert hall where hostages were being held, but terrorists, wearing suicide belts, blew themselves up, leaving 80 people feared dead. 

Scenes of “carnage” were described by witnesses at the Bataclan, who said there was “blood everywhere”.

The French publication Le Point quotes a member of extremist group Army of Islam, who told French authorities in 2011: “We had planned an attack against the Bataclan because its owners are Jews,” according to Times of Israel.

The venue is a target of anti-Zionist protests, due to its support for Israel. The band playing had performed in Tel Aviv’s Barby club in July. 

During a visit to the concert hall in the early hours of Saturday morning, president François Hollande, said the country will be “merciless” against those who have attacked them.

He denounced the terror attacks that killed at least 127 people in Paris as an “act of war” and blamed the Islamic State terror group for the carnage.

Messages of sympathy and support were issued by world leaders, with UK Prime Minister David Cameron describing the attacks as “horrifying and sickening” vying the UK will do “whatever we can to help”.
US president Barack Obama said the violence in the French capital was “an attack on all of humanity”, while the Vatican condemned it “in the most radical way”.
Police sources in Paris said around 180 people were injured, including 80 who were in a critical condition.
This is the second major terrorist attack in France in 2015, following the Charlie Hebdo massacre,which left 12 dead, and the Jewish supermarket attack, which left four dead.
President Hollande described the attack at the Jewish supermarket as a “terrifying act of anti-Semitism.”
Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...


Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.


There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.


In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.


Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more: