A music fan who survived 2015’s terrorist attack at an Eagles Of Death Metal concert in Paris has hit out at the band’s frontman.
Ismael El Iraki penned an open letter to Jesse Hughes, criticising the rocker’s recent statements.
“I saw Muslims celebrating in the street during the attack. I saw it with my own eyes,” Hughes told Taki magazine.
“How did they know what was going on? There must have been coordination.”
Read Hughes’ comments here.
Jesse claims security staff would have warned his girlfriend of the planned attack if she had been a Muslim.
Ismael survived the massacre, where he says he was photographed in the audience before the shooting.
89 people were killed when terrorists opened fire inside the Bataclan on 13 November 2015.
He posted his letter to Jesse on his Facebook profile. It has since been shared more than 2,500 times.
“Your comments reopened a nasty wound. So you say the security crew was in on it and was warning every Arab they saw,” he wrote.
“I live and breathe rock ‘n’ roll, and I could not look more Muslim if I tried.
“But apparently, the big bad Muslim conspiracy missed me. Damn, they forgot to warn me.
“They also forgot to warn Djamila, and all the other Arabs who got shot and killed that very night.
“They forgot to warn my fellow Moroccan Amin, who was shot that very night.
“I believe that the people I helped that night did not care that I was an Arab.”
Ismael also accuses Jesse of bigotry, which he claims is a more pressing issue for society than Muslims.
“You say: ‘Islam is the problem’,” he says.
“I say: ‘All you bigots and your fairytale stories are the problem’.
“Racism and refusal to recognize one another as complex (more complex than ethnicity or race can explain) human beings is the problem.”
Two French festivals – Rock en Seine and Cabaret Vert – have cancelled Eagles Of Death Metal’s 2016 planned appearances since Hughes made his comments in Taki magazine.