Israel lauds UNESCO move on 'antisemitic' Belgian carnival | Inquirer Lifestyle
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(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 15, 2015 a carnival float carrying a giant caricature of Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel passes by the audience during the 87th edition of the carnival parade in the streets of Aalst. - The Belgian city of Aalst near the capital Brussels has pulled its annual carnival from the UNESCO world heritage list, after an uproar from Jewish groups and the EU, the mayor said on on December 1, 2019. The row erupted in March after Mayor Christoph D'Haese defended a deliberately anti-Semitic carnival float depicting puppets of hook-nosed Orthodox Jews with rats sitting on money bags. The carnival attracts tens of thousands of people over the three days leading to the Catholic holiday of Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. It takes pride in its no-holds barred sense of humour and provocation. (Photo by NICOLAS MAETERLINCK / BELGA / AFP)

Israel lauds UNESCO move on ‘antisemitic’ Belgian carnival