Austrian Interior Minister Nehammer says children not required to go to school on Tuesday.
Kentaro Kobayashi's remarks in a video of a comedy sketch from 1998 emerged online overnight and sparked shock from some in Japan. He was fired a day before the Games were due to start.
Hanukkah is more of a minor holiday in Israel, though it is still a festive occasion marked by communal candle-lighting gatherings, school vacation and the consumption of deep-fried, and often elaborately decorated, doughnuts known as sufganiyot.
The nighttime disaster struck as tens of thousands of pilgrims were gathered in Meron at the site of the reputed tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a second-century Talmudic sage, where mainly ultra-Orthodox Jews mark the Lag BaOmer holiday.
Some 15.2 million Jews worldwide with 27,000 residing in the 21-country Arab World and 1,000 across the six Gulf states shall be celebrating their New Year known as “Rosh Hashana” which began evening of Sept. 6 (Monday) until evening of Sept. 8 (Wednesday), and referred to biblically as the ancient “Yom Teruah” holiday or “Day of Shouting or Day of Blasting.”
Spokespeople for the 12 foreign ministries, "Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands," said in a joint statement, "We urge the government of Israel to immediately reverse its decision."
"It was nothing short of a miracle and the realisation of an impossible dream. We thank the UAE for their great support in arranging the reunion. This is an example of the UAE’s humanitarian approach, as well as of its noble values of tolerance and coexistence," they stressed, adding that it is a model for the whole world to emulate.