On the eve of the Tokyo Games, organisers fired the director of the opening ceremony over a joke he made about the Holocaust, while media reported former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a staunch advocate for the Tokyo Games, would skip the showpiece event.The news is the latest in a series of embarrassments for Tokyo organisers that have sparked outrage and comes just days after a well known musician was forced to step down as composer for the ceremony after old reports of his bullying and abusive behaviour surfaced.Earlier this year, the head of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee resigned after making sexist remarks and Tokyo Olympics creative head followed after he made derogatory comments about a popular Japanese female entertainer.Tokyo Games organisers fired Kentaro Kobayashi on Thursday over a joke he made about the Holocaust as part of his comedy act in the 1990s that recently resurfaced in domestic media. “I offer my deep apology for causing trouble and worry for many people concerned as well as Tokyo residents and Japanese people when the opening ceremony is almost upon us,” said a somber Seiko Hashimoto, who heads the organising committee.Earlier, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organisation, released a statement saying Kobayashi’s association with the Olympics would “insult the memory” of the six million Jewish people who perished in the Holocaust.Kobayashi apologised for his past comments in a statement.Former PM Abe, who famously dressed up as the titular plumber from video game Super Mario at the Rio Games to represent Japan, played an outsized role in attracting the Olympics to Tokyo.At the time of the bid, Abe and his supporters hoped the Olympics would parallel the 1964 Tokyo Games heralding the nation’s revival after decades of economic stagnation and also mark its recovery from a devastating nuclear and natural disaster in 2011.But the spectacle of last-minute personnel changes, the resurfacing of past abusive comments and the looming presence of the pandemic threatened to turn the Olympics into a “PR disaster,” said Bob Pickard, a veteran PR executive at Signal Leadership Communication.“Tokyo 2020 was supposed to be a global platform for the launch of a new Japan facing an international future with confidence. Instead, what we see here is the legacy of the old Japan’s insular attitudes mired in past prejudices and dated stereotypes,” he said.NHK said Abe decided against attending the ceremony after the Japanese government declared a state of emergency and virus restrictions over Tokyo. Abe’s office could not immediately be reached on Thursday, a public holiday in Japan.The opening ceremony on Friday is set to be a subdued affair, with just 950 people - including only around 15 global leaders - set to attend. Spectators have been barred from most Olympic events as COVID-19 cases surge in the capital.First Lady Jill Biden lands in Tokyo on Thursday afternoon for the Games’ opening ceremony, raising expectations she might also use her attendance to discuss vaccines with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.Biden has been traveling across the United States urging more people to get inoculated.Only a third of Japanese have had at least one dose of the vaccine, fuelling public concerns that the Olympics could become a super-spreader event.In a recent poll, 68% of respondents expressed doubt about the ability of Olympic organisers to control coronavirus infections, with 55% saying they opposed the Games going ahead.Already 87 Olympic-related personnel, including athletes, have tested positive for COVID-19, forcing athlete withdrawals and pushing teammates to isolate.In light of new cases reported in the Olympic village, the U.S. gymnastics team moved into a hotel, a coach said in a Twitter exchange earlier this week.Olympic organisers referred Reuters questions on the topic to the U.S. team.Olympics competition has already begun, with the Japanese women’s softball team getting the hosts off to a winning start on Wednesday.Between matches in rural Fukushima, which was devastated by the 2011 nuclear disaster, softball players were on the lookout for a brown bear which had been spotted this week.“I’m kind of disappointed I didn’t get to see it,” US pitcher Monica Abbott said.
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Veep of cloud devrel exits after 'car crash' all-hands meeting Google Cloud's veep of developer relations abruptly left the web giant late last week after sharing a lengthy essay on how he no longer hated "all the Jewish people."…
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An image of Mark Zuckerberg's dog was flooded with anti-Semitic memes and pro-Palestinian flags, despite the image having nothing to do with Israel.
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Photo by studioEAST / Getty Images Google parted ways with a cloud services executive after he published a LinkedIn manifesto about Israeli-Palestinian relations and his vehemently antisemitic past. CNBC reports that Google faced internal criticism over Amr Awadallah, VP of developer relations at Google Cloud. While Awadallah said he published the piece to promote tolerance and understanding, employees objected to how Awadallah described Jews and expressed concerns about his past beliefs. Awadallah began the June 13th post — titled “We are one!” — with a declaration that “‘I hated the Jewish people, all the Jewish people’! and emphasis here is on the past tense.” The 10,000-word manifesto discussed his upbringing in Egypt, saying he’d been “very cautious” working with... Continue reading…
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Anointing along with the Anointing Oil of Jesus Christ is actually not simply for the minister, but for every member of the church family members that will certainly take the Holy Present upon on their own.What is actually the "Levi" pointed out in the Exodus and also the tale of the Ten Thousand Men?The "Levi" pointed out in the Exodus can very well be the recipe for our Holy Anointing Oil of Jesus Christ.I invite you to further explore this concept as well as generate some artistic ideas of your own.The story of the 10 thousand concerning the best of Mount Sinai was not simply a historic account of the Jewish people, but additionally a story of the Egyptians also.The main reason being actually that we know that the Holy Feeling may work with even the furthest away sens in the paradises, so if there was actually a super-god like God Moses might simply have utilized this Anointing Oil prior to he was positioned on Mount Sinai to execute his rules.Yet another option for this recipe is the fact that during the time of the pester, Master Pharaoh of Egypt was a really spiritual individual.In the very early times of Christianity, like Moses, they must make use of the incredibly powerful fragrant oils of the moments to embrocate their dad and also bros in the existence of God.Additionally, our team additionally recognize that the crucifixion of Jesus caused the running out of the marijuana plant, as a result making a quite potent and effective medicine called the "scourge of daemons".
Growing up Jewish was a challenge, but who knew an over-the-top game like this one would help me come to terms with who I am, and what my own culture meant to me.
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Zachary Wohlman, a boxer known as Kid Yamaka, died this year at 32.
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Kenneth Hubert was arrested after threatening to lynch a Black and a Jewish lawmaker, Reps. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri and Steve Cohen of Tennessee.
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Greene wouldn't recant her comparison of the Democratic Party to Hitler's National Socialist Party after she apologized for equating mask mandates to the Holocaust.
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Kamau Bobb, the global lead for diversity strategy and research, wrote in a 2007 post that Israel had "an insatiable appetite for vengeful violence."
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene drew widespread condemnation for comparing COVID-19 mask measures to the Nazis' treatment of Jews.
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"Connecting the actions of a foreign country's government and military with an entire faith does nothing to keep the Jewish people safer," Omar said.
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"Connecting the actions of a foreign country's government and military with an entire faith does nothing to keep the Jewish people safer," Omar said.
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"In one case, it is to protect life, in the other case it was the first step to elimination," Serge Vinograd said in a video posted by his daughter.
"Vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo just like the Nazi's forced Jewish people to wear a gold star," Greene wrote in a tweet earlier Tuesday.
In February, Congresswoman Greene lost her House committee assignments after endorsing violence against her political opponents on social media.
In February, Congresswoman Greene lost her House committee assignments after endorsing violence against her political opponents on social media.
"No one should be treated like a second-class citizen for saying 'I don't need to wear a mask,' .... so I stand by all of my statements," Greene said.
In an op-ed, Sanders called for a ceasefire and said that both Israel and Palestinians have a "right to live in peace and security."
Cruz's comments feed into a longstanding trope that any criticism of Israel is inherently antisemitic.
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