One of Thailand's most popular pop bands has apologized after wearing a T-shirt with a Nazi swastika on stage during a televised rehearsal.
Photos of BNK48 singer Pichayapa "Namsai" Natha with this shirt got it This weekend, the Israeli embassy expressed "shock and consternation."
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Many Thais say they are unaware of Nazi history during World War II.
According to photos from the rehearsal, Israeli Deputy Ambassador to Thailand Smadar Shapira said: "The portrayal of Nazi symbols by the singer of the band hurt the feelings of millions of people around the world whose relatives were murdered by The Nazis."
There was criticism of the band online, although some fans argued that they did not know what Nazi symbols meant.
BNK48 said in a statement that the "unreasonable pressure costume" "has caused those affected and afflicted by past events concerning the crime against humanity throughout the world".
It said the band would "make every effort to ensure that such an incident never occurs again."
Meanwhile, Namsai apologized on Saturday at a concert and stated in a statement that she would work hard, to be better informed.
Ms. Shapira agreed to attend a Holocaust education workshop to raise awareness, Ms. Shapira said on Twitter.
This is not the first time that Nazi images in Thailand have caused an outcry.
In 2013, Chulalongkorn University students painted a mural depicting Hitler alongside superheroes like Batman, while students of Silpakorn University presented the Nazi salute in 2016 while a student as Adolf Hitler performed during a cosplay event was disguised.
There was similar controversy in other parts of Asia, including a Taiwanese school holding a Nazi parade for a Christmas parade, and an Indian member of parliament, dressed as Adolf Hitler, visiting the parliament as a stunt.
Nazi images are not uncommon in India, where Adolf Hitler is admired by some young people and his autobiography, Mein Kampf, is popular.