Israeli office demands Taiwan store remove Nazi stickers from sale

Israeli office demands Taiwan store remove Nazi stickers from sale

Nazi stickers for sale in Taiwan (photo from Xinzhu Baoliao Gongshe Facebook page).

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The representative of Israel in Taiwan has demanded that a store in the Hsinchu County town of Zhubei (竹北) remove stickers bearing the Nazi swastika flag from its shelves, reports said Saturday.

Over the years, incidents have been recorded in Taiwan of students dressing up in Nazi uniforms, motorcyclists wearing Nazi helmets and ads for German-made heaters featuring cartoons of Adolf Hitler.

In the latest incident, a netizen named Ted Pillar put a picture on the Facebook forum Xinzhu Baoliao Gongshe (新竹爆料公社) showing stickers of several flags, with the Nazi emblem being labeled in Chinese as “the flag of Germany” hanging between the Stars and Stripes and the Canadian Maple Leaf.

“How can they have no international values, can you sell a thing like that?” Pillar wondered.

In a statement issued Saturday, Israeli representative Asher Yarden said the authorities in Taiwan should take action to have the shop remove the stickers from sale, as they represented the evil regime behind the Holocaust and the spread of hatred. He also expressed the hope that Taiwan would take steps to teach the meaning of the Nazi symbol in its education system, so Taiwanese understood its true nature, the Chinese-language Apple Daily reported.