PM out­raged over Army ve­hi­cle fly­ing Nazi flag

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PRIME Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turnbull has slammed a Nazi swastika flag that flew on an Australian Army ve­hi­cle in Afghanistan as com­pletely and ut­terly un­ac­cept­able.

A leaked photo of the 2007 in­ci­dent, ob­tained by the ABC, shows a large swastika em­blem hoisted over an Australian mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle.

“It was ab­so­lutely wrong and their com­man­ders took ac­tion at the time,” Mr Turnbull said yes­ter­day.

The chair of Jewish or­gan­i­sa­tion Anti Defama­tion Com­mis­sion Dvir Abramovich said the in­ci­dent was deeply trou­bling and dis­tress­ing.

“The fly­ing of the Nazi flag, the most evil sym­bol in the his­tory of mankind, by our sole­co­nomic diers is a slap in the face to the Dig­gers who fought valiantly and died to de­feat Hitler,” Dr Abramovich said.

He said the “vile dis­play of big­otry” was a re­minder peo­ple needed to speak out against racism, which re­mained ram­pant in some parts of so­ci­ety. De­fence con­firmed the in­ci­dent, say­ing the flag was flown briefly be­fore later be­ing de­stroyed.

“De­fence and the ADF re­ject as ab­hor­rent ev­ery­thing this flag rep­re­sents. Nei­ther the flag nor its use are in line with De­fence val­ues,” a De­fence spokesman said.

Pic­ture: ABC

A Nazi flag flies over an Australian Army ve­hi­cle in Afghanistan.

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