One of Thailand's most popular pop bands apologized after a member wore a shirt with a Nazi swastika on stage during a televised trial.
Photo of the singer BNK48 Pichayapa "Namsai" Natha with the shirt became viral weekend, causing the Israeli embassy to express "shock and dismay".
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Many Thais say they are unaware of the history of the Nazis in World War II.
After the photos of the trial, Israeli deputy ambassador to Thailand, Smadar Shapira, said: "Presenting Nazi symbols from the band's singer wounded the feelings of millions of people around the world whose relatives were murdered by the Nazis . "
There were some criticisms of the online band, although some fans claimed they were not even aware of what the Nazi symbols meant.
BNK48 said in a statement that the "custom that included inappropriate printing" had "caused dismay and distress to those affected by the past crime-related event on humanity around the world".
He said the band would "make every effort to ensure that such an incident never happens again".
Meanwhile, Namsai apologized for a Saturday concert, and he also said in a statement that he would work hard to be better informed.
The band agreed to take part in an educational holocaust seminar to raise awareness, Shapira said on Twitter.
It is not the first time that Nazi images have triggered a protest in Thailand.
In 2013, Chulalongkorn University students painted a mural that showed Hitler alongside superheroes like Batman, while in 2016 Silpakorn University students performed the Nazi salute, while a student dressed up as Adolf Hitler during a cosplay event.
There have been similar controversies in other parts of Asia, including a Taiwanese school that held a fake Nazi demonstration for a Christmas parade and an Indian parliamentarian who participated in the parliament dressed as Adolf Hitler as a feat.
The Nazi imaginary is not uncommon in India, where Adolf Hitler is admired by some young people and his autobiographical manifesto, Mein Kampf, is popular.