UPDATE: Plane Flying Over LBI Shows Nazi Symbol; JCC Reacts

An "extraterrestrial" group claims responsibility stating the banner displaying the swastika is misunderstood.

LONG BEACH ISLAND -- A plane that towed a banner displaying the word "Swastika," and showed a swastika intertwined with the Hebrew Star of David, flew over Long Beach Island and along the Jersey Shore on Saturday.

The Long Beach Township Police Department received at least several calls reporting the sighting, according to Bill Gee, a dispatcher with the department. Reports of the plane and banner have been reported as far north as Manhattan.

The plane appears to have been sponsored by an organization connected to the Raelian Movement, which claims life on Earth was created by a species of extraterrestrials.

The Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island said it is aware of the incident and wants to know more.

"We're trying to find out-- what are their intentions?" said Don Pripstein, the center's president.

In a press release, the group said it intended to fly the banner on Saturday over New York City from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and “along the New Jersey coastline” from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Flights were also scheduled for other U.S. cities including Houston, Los Angles, Chicago and Miami. 

Have you seen this plane? Please let us know in comments.

The Raelians' press release also declared Saturday as their "3rd Annual Swastika Rehabilitation Day," and invited Buddhists, Hindus and the numerous spiritual groups who use the swastika as their spiritual symbol to stand up and show their support in cities around the world.

According to its Web site, the swastika is a "symbol of peace and good luck in many Eastern religions." One variation of the symbol on the site shows it intertwined with a hexagram or the Hebrew Star of David and is described as the the “official” symbol of the movement.

This symbol or a slight variation of it is what callers told township police they had seen on Saturday.

Rick June 27, 2012 at 03:44 AM
I find it difficult to take anyone seriously when they display a lack of knowledge of spelling, punctuation, capitalization or even know the difference between 'hear' and 'here'.
Rick June 27, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Did you mean sanatorium? If so, you must be the last person to use that term in the past 40 years.
Rick June 27, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Or ask LBJ and the military equipment manufacturers in the '60s.
Rick June 27, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Gosh, I am so glad to hear that the stuff on Fox News isn't true. Over ten years ago they reported that two large aircraft crashed into the twin towers in NY and they collapsed. Then a few years later they reported that some guy named Barack Obama was elected President. I am just so glad none of that was true.
Rick June 27, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Peter, did you know that Savage, Hannity and Limbaugh are commentators, not reporters? Commentators express their options as permitted by the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution. If you don't agree with their opinions perhaps you should limit your viewing to PMSNBC.


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