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Belgian carnival town renounces UNESCO title over antisemitic float

The famed Belgian carnival town of Aalst is renouncing its place on the U.N. cultural heritage list, saying it is "sick" of widespread complaints that this spring’s edition contained blatant antisemitism.

Swastikas painted on Brussels town hall

Three swastikas have been painted on the town hall of the Brussels municipality of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre/Sint-Pieters-Woluwe.

Charges dropped against Belgian football fans who sang about burning Jews

Prosecutors in Belgium decided not to prosecute football supporters who sang at a match about burning Jews, explaining the supporters’ three-year stadium ban was punishment enough.

Member of Belgian far-right group makes Nazi salute at Breendonk prison camp

A member of a Belgian far-right group was photographed performing a Hitler salute during a visit to the Fort of Breendonk, an old Nazi prison camp near Mechelen.

UNESCO to vote on cutting ties with Belgian carnival which mocked Jews

The annual parade in Belgium that this year featured a float with effigies of grinning Jews holding money with rats on their shoulders is formally facing removal of its UNESCO credentials.

UNESCO demands Belgian explanation for latest antisemitic material for Aalst Carnival

UNESCO has called on Belgium to explain new designs riddled with antisemitic tropes distributed ahead of the 2020 Aalst Carnival.

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