Web Summit faces backlash over Israel comments

CEO Paddy Cosgrave criticised over tweet with threats by some Silicon Valley executives to boycott Web Summit

Paddy Cosgrave, co-founder and chief executive of Web Summit

Paddy Cosgrave, the co-founder and chief executive of Web Summit, is facing a backlash over comments he has made regarding Israel, with some leading Silicon Valley executives threatening to boycott the company’s tech conferences over it.

Cosgrave aroused anger after he tweeted last week that many western governments, with the exception of Ireland, had failed to call out Israel for its response to Hamas’s recent attack on the country.

He wrote that “war crimes are ...