& # 39; Nazi style & # 39; parade float that Jews depicted on piles of money cost Belgian city its UN heritage status after complaints of anti-Semitism
- & # 39; Nazi style & # 39; float during the annual carnival through the city of Aalst, Belgium
- Since 2010 the parade has been on a UNESCO list of world heritage events
- Amid a wave of criticism, the UN agreed to review the special status of the parade
- But challenging city leaders have decided to give up the appointment voluntarily
A Belgian city beat for & # 39; Nazi style & # 39; anti-Semitism after a float depicting Jewish stereotypes being paraded through the streets has sacrificed its UN heritage status.
On the float stood two men with padlocks and crooked noses that wore strokes, a fur hat favored by some Orthodox Jews, sitting on top of piles of money.
It was paraded by Aalst in East Flanders during its annual carnival earlier this year – an event that has been on the UNESCO list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity since 2010.
The city of Alast, in Belgium, was destroyed for anti-Semitism in & # 39; Nazi style & # 39; after this float with hurtful Jewish stereotypes took part in the annual carnival
On the float stood two men with padlocks and crooked noses that wore strokes, a fur hat favored by some Orthodox Jews, sitting on piles of money
Amid a wave of criticism, the UN planned a vote on December 12 that could have rid the city of the title, but challenging officials decided to give it up instead.
The Belgian Forum of Jewish Organizations, which compared the presentation of the parade of Jews with that in Nazi propaganda, said: & it seemed the choice between jumping or being pushed & # 39 ;.
& # 39; This means that future anti-Semitic excesses will no longer be legitimized by this UN organization & # 39 ;, said a spokesperson.
& # 39; The Forum of Jewish Organizations expresses the sincere wish that Aalst abstain from painful and / or racist expressions at future carnivals.
& # 39; The carnival with rabid anti-Semitic expressions turned out to be not only bad for the Jewish community, but for the whole of Belgium.
& # 39; Aalst has been widely reported in the media around the world, which has caused major reputational damage to Belgium's image as a host country for the EU.
& # 39; This is one of the reasons why the EU Commission strongly condemned the excesses in Aalst last year.
The UN planned a vote that could have rid the heritage of its heritage status after protest, but challenging city leaders have now voluntarily given up
A city spokesperson denied & # 39; anti-Semites or racists & # 39; and said the float was intended as a joke, which it described as & # 39; the capital of ridicule and satire & # 39;
& # 39; In the event of a recurrence of the excesses during the coming carnival, the FJO will not hesitate to remind Aalst of its responsibility. & # 39;
In a statement, rebellious town hall leaders were not apologetic about the portrayal of Jews in the annual parade.
& # 39; The residents of Aalst have had the grotesque accusations, & # 39; said the statement.
& # 39; We are not anti-Semites or racists. Whoever says we are, does so in bad faith. Aalst always remains the capital of ridicule and satire. Whatever happens, we will assist our humorists.
& # 39; The people of Aalst are the bravest. That is why we take the initiative and walk away from the recognition of UNESCO. & # 39;
Shortly after the parade, Ernesto Ottone Ramirez of UNESCO hit the parade for his & # 39; manifestations of hate & # 39; and said the float was contrary to the values of the organization.
The float was made by the Vismooil & # 39; n group, which regularly takes part in the carnival in Aalst.
Prior to the carnival, they told a Belgian blogger that this year's float was tackling the impact of rising prices.
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