’Racist and anti-Semitic’ Belgian festival removed from UNESCO’s heritage list

’Racist and anti-Semitic’ Belgian festival removed from UNESCO’s heritage list

THE United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has withdrawn an annual carnival in a Belgian city from its heritage list over persistent charges of anti-Semitism. UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage said it was withdrawing the carnival ’over recurring repetition of racist and anti-semitic representation’.

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Although it is hard to put a value on being designated by being on a UNESCO heritage list, there will undoubtedly be less tourism and the community will suffer because of it. There is quite a process to get on the list and being removed sends a clear message to others activities that include racism and antisemitic undertones or overt repeated acts will not be tolerated. Yet one has to ask why it wasn't done earlier, as it should take no more than once and monitored for the second offence to have a float with large nosed people looking of Jewish faith sitting on a pile of money removed. I am not sure this was quick enough on their part.

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