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Why a Banner With a Swastika Was Flown Over Venice Beach This Weekend

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The Jewish Journal is reporting that several people spotted a banner trailing a small airplane in the skies above Venice Beach late Saturday afternoon that seemed to be anti-semitic due to its inclusion of a swastika:

A cell-phone camera captured a low-resolution image of private plane, trailing an aerial banner depicting a Nazi swastika inside a Star of David. According to witnesses, the name of an anti-semite website followed the swastika image. In the photo, only the .org suffix is legible.

Oddly enough, however, the use of the two symbols was meant to promote world peace.

The site promoted on the banner was Pro Swastika, run by the Raelians, a global group working to "reclaim the swastika as a religious symbol" and educate the public that the swastika is not purely the icon of hate as utilized and made infamous by the Nazi party.

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Complicating matters, according to Pro Swastika, is that Germany is displeased with religious groups' efforts to take back the swastika and have it mean "peace." "German authorities are discriminating again, telling Hindus, Buddhists, Raelians and all other groups who have been using this symbol for centuries for some of them, that the representation of their beliefs is not welcome in Europe," notes Pro Swastika.

Over the weekend, the Raelians also flew a plane with the same banner over the New York City area and surrounding cities, causing quite the stir, and leaving many people shocked, skeptical, and angry.