Billy Joel Dons Yellow Star Of David At MSG As U.S. Neo-Nazi Activity Grows

first_imgLast night, Billy Joel returned to Madison Square Garden for the first time since the end of Phish’s Baker’s Dozen run. For his Monday performance, Billy Joel made a bold anti-Nazi statement, attaching a yellow Star of David to his lapel and the back of his blazer. The Star of David that Joel donned harkens back to the Holocaust when Nazis forced Jews to identify themselves as a lead-up to the Nazi-led concentration camps that killed six million Jews in Europe.Self-described as “culturally Jewish” and born to Jewish parents, Joel’s act was a strong statement against the rising neo-Nazi and white supremacist movements growing in the United States. In the past, Joel has gone on the record as saying that he doesn’t appreciate political messaging during concerts. In June, the famous 68-year-old musician told Rolling Stone, “I try to stay out of politics. I am a private citizen and I have a right to believe in my own political point of view, but I try not to get up on a soapbox and tell people how to think.”However, Joel’s wordless actions on Monday night were a clear change of heart, perhaps spurred by the “Unite the Right” rally of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend that left one counter-protesters dead and many others injured. The yellow Star of David that Joel donned harken back to the Holocaust— the Nazis forced Jews in Germany and Nazi-occupied territories to wear Stars of David or armbands for identification, with those who failed or refused to wear such garments facing severe punishment including death. This act of mass public identification less than one hundred years ago came ahead of the horrific mass-murder of six million Jews in Nazi concentration camps.Statement from Alexa Ray Joel, Billy Joel’s daughter [H/T People]; Cover photo: Myrna Suarez via Katie Lee’s Instagram]last_img read more

Japan’s Prime Minister lifts COVID-19 state of emergency

first_img Loading… Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzō Abe, has lifted the country’s state of emergency after a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases in the Tokyo 2020 host nation. Economic Revitalisation Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told a panel today, according to Kyodo News, that the state of emergency is “no longer necessary in all prefectures”. Nishimura had suggested yesterday that this would be the announcement made with confirmed cases falling. The day before Japan entered its state of emergency the country had 741 confirmed cases in a single day – the second highest daily rate after 743 new cases were reported on April 11. There will still be some restrictions put in place by the Government, with citizens asked not to cross prefectural borders until the end of the month. The first phase of lifting restrictions will see museums and libraries reopen, while restaurants will be open during the day, closing at 10pm which is two hours later than the state of emergency rules. A second phase could start at the end of the month, which sources suggest could see shops and cinemas reopen. However, places like gyms, karaoke bars and music venues will still be closed. To date, there have been more than 16,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Japan, resulting in the deaths of 820 people. read also:Tokyo 2020 Olympics ‘cursed,’ says Japan’s deputy prime minister The outbreak caused the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics until next year. However, doubts remain about the rearranged Games taking place if COVID-19 remains prevalent. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Japan declared the state of emergency on April 16 after fearing a second wave of infection from the virus, and further extended it in early May. Its introduction came a week after Tokyo, Osaka and five other urban areas had restrictions placed on them from April 7. Many areas of the nation had previously seen the restrictions lifted, but now the remaining five prefectures will join them. These are the Tokyo Metropolitan Area, its neighbouring areas of Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama and the northern island of Hokkaido. The nation has seen a fall in confirmed cases over the past month, recording its lowest number of new daily cases yesterday since February 29 with 14. It has also seen a fall in the number of active cases, reaching a peak of 11,443 on April 28 with the number now down to 2,317. However, the city and host of the 2020 Olympics, Tokyo, saw a return to double figures for confirmed cases in a day, suggesting that the threat of infection is still there. “We had very stringent criteria for lifting the state of emergency,” Abe said in a televised press conference today. “We have judged that we have met this criteria. “Today we will lift the state of emergency nationwide.” Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’The Most Clever Uses Of CGI In Cinema10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeithlast_img read more