Actress Carice van Houten. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)


The actress cancelled her participation in a panel after she discovered involvement by Christoph D’Haese, who oversees an anti-Semitic Belgian “carnival.”


Dutch actress Carice van Houten, best known for her role in the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones,” canceled an upcoming television appearance in Belgium because of the use of anti-Semitic caricatures targeting Jews at a parade in the Belgian town of Aalst.

Van Houten and her associate, Halina Reijn, who is married to a Jewish soccer player, pulled out of a panel discussion scheduled for the talk show “The Appointment” after discovering that it would host Aalst Mayor Christoph D’Haese, who has denied that the caricatures at his city’s annual carnival are anti-Semitic.

The talk show’s presenter, Phara de Aguirre, wrote Monday on Twitter, “No Halina Reijn and Carice Van Houten as advertised. Reijn is married to a Jewish man and doesn’t want to share a table with Aalst’s mayor.”

He quoted Reijn calling the mayor “an anti-Semite” and said van Houten canceled out of solidarity.