Belgian Carnival

Aalst parade features cross-dressing hassids with big noses

Aalst lost its UNESCO honors last year because it refused to stop perpetuating negative stereotypes of Jews, and has gone even further with the displays this year.

Giant figures are seen during the 87th carnival parade of Aalst February 15, 2015

Belgian carnival to double down on antisemitic displays

If the parade goes as planned, “it will be a moral blot on Belgium,” Ambassador to Belgium Emmanuel Nahshon said.

Giant figures depicting Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel (C) and other politicians are seen dur

UNESCO removes carnival from heritage list over antisemitism allegations

It featured antisemitic figures, including caricatured Jews with money and rats. “We are neither antisemitic nor racist," the mayor said. "Aalst will always remain the capital of mockery and satire."

14/12/2019
Giant figures depicting Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel (C) and other politicians are seen dur

'Antisemitic' Belgian carnival gives up UNESCO status

Aalst mayor: Mocking Jews ‘unavoidable’ in the 2020 carnival

Giant figures are seen during the 87th carnival parade of Aalst February 15, 2015

UNESCO to vote on cutting ties with Belgian carnival where Jews were mocked

It is the first time that a place or event has been put forth for delisting.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
10/11/2019
Giant figures are seen during the 87th carnival parade of Aalst February 15, 2015

Weisenthal Center to Belgian PM: Act against Aalst parade

The letter pointed out that while several UNESCO member-states had called for the delisting of the carnival, Belgian officials are reportedly lobbying "for a simple rebuke."

03/11/2019
Giant figures are seen during the 87th carnival parade of Aalst February 15, 2015

'Antisemitic' Belgian carnival continues to rouse Jewish anger

"These ribbons represent a wilful desire to offend,” European Jewish representative says.

24/10/2019
Giant figures are seen during the 87th carnival parade of Aalst February 15, 2015

Steps afoot to remove UNESCO status from ‘antisemitic’ Belgian carnival

Close to 16,000 signatures for online petition to delist ‘antisemitic’ Aalst Carnival from UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

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