SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A man who calls himself an American and told CBS13 “God bless America” tore down the swastika displayed on a Sacramento house.

The house in Sacramento’s River Park neighborhood has drawn national headlines with its display of an Israeli flag with a swastika on it, among other symbols.

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A protester was outside the house Thursday morning. (Credit: CBS13)

Robert Dixon was outside the house in February. (Credit: CBS13)

The display in part prompted a rally at the California state Capitol on Monday, with Jewish leaders calling for tougher rules against anti-Semitism. Some fear recent cases like the Sacramento display and the tagging of a Davis fraternity house with swastikas could turn into what happened 15 years ago. Three white supremacists set fire to three synagogues in Sacramento in 1999.

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CBS13 cameras captured the suspect—a tattooed man in a sleeveless American flag shirt. Robert Dixon has been a prominent figure of the protest, standing outside the home with his signs supporting Israel.

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He says he felt compelled to tear down the display, which featured a swastika on the American and Israeli flags, along with a wooden figure with its hands up.

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“This is despicable, what this man did,” Dixon said of the homeowner, “defacing our flag and Israel’s flag and it’s been going on for five months. And I as an American am no longer going to be complacent, and I am going to do what I think needed to be done, for this neighborhood, for these people. God bless America.”

Asked if he thought he was going to get in trouble, he said. “If I get in trouble, I get in trouble. Sometimes you go to jail for things, and that’s what it takes.”

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Robert has been seen at previous protests, holding signs in support of Israel when the story was making national headlines last month.