Belgian town sheds UNESCO status over anti-Semitism row

Article Link: https://www.dw.com/en/belgian-town-sheds-unesco-status-over-anti-semitism-row/a-51494071

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

The northern Belgian town of Aalst has decided to withdraw its annual carnival from the UN cultural heritage list, saying it is fed up with allegations of anti-Semitism. The town was widely condemned after one of the floats at its carnival parade in March featured offensive caricature depictions of Orthodox Jews with hooked-noses and sitting atop bags of money. UNESCO, the European Union and Jewish groups called the float anti-Semitic, with the EU saying it was reminiscent of the kind of caricatures disseminated in Nazi Germany during the 1930s.