United States / 25-06-2012
New York - 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 US cities including Houston, Los Angles, Chicago and Miami.