Israel on Thursday referred to as on Belgium to scrap this weekend’s annual Carnival parade after final 12 months’s featured a float with anti-Semitic caricatures.
The carnival within the industrial metropolis of Aalst has its roots within the Center Ages and sometimes options satirical floats that take photographs at native politicians and the rich.
“Belgium as a Western Democracy needs to be ashamed to permit such a vitriolic anti-Semitic show. I name upon the authorities there to sentence and ban this hateful parade in Aalst,” International Minister Israel Katz tweeted.
Final 12 months’s festivities featured one float depicting Jews with exaggerated options and aspect locks standing over luggage of cash. The caricatures recalled anti-Semitic tropes of the Center Ages and Nazi Germany.
The carnival had been listed as a UNESCO heritage occasion till final 12 months, however Aalst renounced the excellence days earlier than the UN cultural company scrapped it over the anti-Semitic incident.
Aalst Mayor Christoph D’Haese stated Katz’s name to cancel the pageant was “actually disproportional.”
“I completely name on folks to keep away from these delicate topics,” he stated in an interview with the VRT community. “However that’s one thing fully totally different than the ban which is known as for right here.”
Aalst is considered one of Europe’s most well-known carnivals and it’s a celebration of unbridled, no-holds-barred humor and satire. Politicians, non secular leaders and the wealthy and well-known are relentlessly ridiculed through the three-day pageant forward of Roman Catholic Lent.
UNESCO, Jewish teams and the European Union condemned final 12 months’s float as anti-Semitic, with the EU saying it conjured up visions of the 1930s.
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