Kelowna resident reports swastika embedded in Canadian flag

Driving with swastika

UPDATE 4:40 p.m.

A Castanet reader has submitted more images in relation to a Nazi symbol spotted in the Central Okanagan.

A West Kelowna resident sent in a photo of a sticker that said "Vaccine passport heil no."

The letters S in the word passport are the symbol of the German Schutzstaffel or "SS."

Jewish organizations have been consistently condemning the use of Nazi imagery and comparisons to the Holocaust by anti-vaccine activists.

“The presence of these symbols either speaks to willful ignorance or hate -- one of the two,” Michael Levitt, president and CEO of Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Toronto-based Jewish human rights group, told CTVNews.

“There are ways to be able to push back on authority and have legitimate debate,” he said. “But when you start going to these overtly racist and xenophobic symbols that are often adopted by white supremacists and other extremists, there's just no excuse.”

ORIGINAL: 1:45 p.m.

A Kelowna resident says he spotted a swastika embedded in a Canadian flag on the back of a truck Wednesday afternoon.

"I was driving down Springfield Road today at the intersection of Benvoulin and saw this car driving past. It had 'this is the new Canadian Flag' written on it. Is this not illegal?" the man asked Castanet.

This isn't the first time the Nazi symbol has been seen around the city.

Back in July a Kelowna resident was targeted in a hate crime at work after a swastika was spray-painted beside his car." The West Kelowna RCMP are investigating the crime.

Castanet has reached out to Kelowna RCMP regarding the swastika flag.

"Symbols such as swastikas are illegal if the intent is to promote hatred or genocide. In relation to the photo, it would require further investigation in order prove any criminality," said RCMP spokesperson Const. Solana Paré.

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