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Old September 17th, 2019 #89
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Aalst mayor to defend city carnival against UNESCO’s anti-Semitism accusations

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Authorities from the Flemish city of Aalst will defend the controversial use of stereotyped Jewish figures in a city parade before the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on Tuesday.

In March, the United Nations’ (U.N.) cultural heritage agency condemned the parade’s carnival floats depicting Orthodox Jews with crooked noses standing atop stacks and sacks of gold coins, with one of the figures carrying a white rat on its shoulder.