A young Palestinian man boasted to National Public Radio on Tuesday about putting swastikas on incendiary kites and flying them into Israel, saying that "Jews go crazy" when they see it and "we want to burn them."
NPR host Steve Inskeep reported live from the Gaza Strip after a wave of violence on Monday following mass violent demonstrations at the border fence with Israel. He spoke with a 19-year-old Gaza resident, who was holding a homemade white kite.
"This is a kite that's going to go to the Jews," the Palestinian said through a translator.
The incendiary kite, designed to catch fire, was decorated with "writing claiming Jerusalem for Palestinians" and with swastikas, the primary symbol of Nazism.
"Why do you put that on there?" Inskeep asked.
"The Jews go crazy for Hitler when they see it," the Gazan said.
"The Israelis know that people are flying kites with swastikas," Inskeep said. "They know this, and they use it to discredit you, to say this shows you're bad people. What do you think about that?"
"This is actually what we want them to know, that we want to burn them," he replied, according to Inskeep.
On @NPR, @NPRinskeep just asked a Gazan with a kite w a swastika on it what it means to him. "The Jews go crazy when you mention Hitler." Steve Inskeep asked if he knows the Israelis are using the swastikas to discredit Gazans. "It's what we mean. We want them to burn," he said.
— Batya Ungar-Sargon (@bungarsargon) May 15, 2018
Israel received international criticism for killing more than 50 Palestinians during the mass protests Monday, but the White House said responsibility for any bloodshed laid with Hamas, the Islamist terrorist group in control of Gaza.
Over the past seven weeks, thousands of Palestinians have gathered at the Gaza border for what organizers call the "March of Return." The Hamas-led demonstrations were especially intense on Monday with the U.S. embassy in Israel officially moving to Jerusalem. Some Palestinians, including terrorist operatives, attacked Israeli soldiers with Molotov cocktails and other weapons, and they tried to breach the border fence.
Some Gazans have used firebomb-bearing kites to attack Israel, launching them over the security fence, often to set ablaze crops that Israeli farmers are trying to harvest.