Paddy Cosgrave, the CEO of Web Summit, has resigned following backlash from several Big Tech companies over his comments on the Israel-Hamas war. In his statement, he acknowledged that his personal comments had become a distraction and apologized for any hurt he caused. Cosgrave's resignation came after he condemned Israel's war in Gaza on social media, stating that war crimes should be called out regardless of the perpetrator. He also denounced the attacks by Hamas militants in Israel. Following the attacks, Israeli forces carried out airstrikes in Gaza, resulting in thousands of deaths and a humanitarian crisis. Amnesty International criticized Israel's actions as collective punishment, while the Israeli military claimed it does not target civilians. Prior to his resignation, Cosgrave issued a lengthy apology and clarification on his stance. However, his initial comments led to major tech companies such as Google, Meta, Siemens, and Amazon pulling out of the Web Summit conference scheduled for November. Web Summit will now appoint a new CEO, but the conference will proceed as planned. Cosgrave, along with David Kelly and Daire Hickey, co-founded Web Summit in 2009.
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