A Nazi banner flying on a hilltop above Lamma Island has been removed after protests by residents and representatives of Hong Kong's Jewish and German communities. The swastika was hoisted on the ground-floor balcony of a house in Pak Kok on December 9 on the eve of Hanukkah - the eight-day festival known as the 'Jewish Christmas' - and removed last week, shortly after police and the Lands Department received complaints. The Sunday Morning Post, police and government officials have been unable to locate the resident of the flat, who is thought to be working overseas. Locals, who do not know the man's name but estimate he is in his mid-50s and of British or German origin, say he also regularly blasted speeches by Adolf Hitler and his propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels through loudspeakers. The Lands Department initially said it had posted a notice in Pak Kok last week demanding the television antenna to which the flag was attached be removed within seven days as it encroached on government property. However, the department now says it did not issue a notice because removing the antenna would not be fair to other residents who had inadvertently or deliberately added illegal structures to their properties. It is not known who removed the flag, but a highly visible Nazi symbol is still posted on the outside of the flat and anti-Semitic slogans have been carved into newly laid concrete nearby. German consulate spokesman Uwe Noack condemned the exhibition of Nazism. After inspecting the banner last week, he said if the person responsible for it lived in Germany he could be imprisoned for up to five years. 'But if he is a German citizen living in Hong Kong, there is nothing we can do except write a letter to him.' Rabbi Oriel Einhorn, of the Ohel Leah Synagogue in Robinson Road, said it was the first time the Jewish community in Hong Kong had been the subject of an intentional threat. 'We have to uproot it very quickly and we have to go after it with all of the legal might we have on our side and take it out,' Rabbi Einhorn said. 'Hong Kong residents have never had to deal with such an agenda . . . but they should say 'we don't want this and if you do, please leave'.' He called on the Government to introduce laws protecting people from racial vilification. The Lands Department and police each claimed the other had the power to decide whether the banner should be removed. A police spokesman said the Public Order Ordinance 'allowed any police officer to prohibit the owner or tenant of any premises from displaying any flag if they believe it is likely to lead to a breach of the peace', but he insisted the law did not apply to this case. The red, black and white banner contained a prominent Nazi swastika and Iron Cross, which were adopted by Adolf Hitler as Jewish hate symbols and are now used by neo-Nazi groups. It was covered with obscene comments in English, and German words have been scrawled on the house's air-conditioning. A swastika also hangs on the front door. Residents' spokesman Scott Fink said he knew little about the man responsible for the banner except that he had also taken to blasting the neighbourhood with Nazi marching tunes and the speeches of Hitler and Goebbels. 'People live here because they tend to like the quiet life, and this is just not acceptable,' Mr Fink said. 'There's a level which says you have rights, but then you have to expect the consequences if you do this to incite people.' Mr Fink called on the man to explain why he felt it was appropriate to display the flag of a regime that murdered more than six million people. 'Perhaps also it is time for the Government to realise that the problems of racism and hate are not going away and that sensible laws need to be passed to protect people.'