Nazi banners sold at festival



THE sale of Nazi merchandise at Gladstone's Harbour Festival has upset the Jewish community in the lead-up to Anzac Day.

Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies president David Paratz said the community felt "repugnance'' over the sale of Nazi banners featuring a Swastika and eagle at a stall at the weeklong festival.

The stallholder selling the offensive items was asked by organisers to withdraw them.

The festival, which concludes tomorrow, is staged at the city's marina to coincide with the end of the Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race, the Blue Water Classic.

"The repugnance we feel would be shared by most Australians because it is a symbolism of tyranny,'' Brisbanebased Mr Paratz said.

"It's been a long standing issue with Nazi memorabilia and it's obviously something we don't like to see happen. But equally, it does happen ... it's obviously upsetting to our community.''

Festival organiser Judy Whicker said the stallholder was more than happy to remove the banners from sale.

"We told him to take them down ... for a day we didn't notice them and someone drew our attention to them,'' Ms Whicker said.

"He was fine about it. He said he wouldn't have them in his house either but he said that he had sold 30 (flags).''

Mr Paratz said the withdrawal of the banners was "appreciated''.



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