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Actor Cusack Blames Bot for Anti-Semitic Image in Tweet

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Actor John Cusack (Aurore Marechal/AP)

By    |   Monday, 17 June 2019 10:25 PM

Actor John Cusack on Monday blamed a "bot" for a post that contained an anti-Semitic image.

"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize," the tweet read, adding "Follow the money," and depicting a giant hand bearing a Star of David enveloping a group of people. 

The quote, frequently misattributed to the French satirist Voltaire, was actually from American white nationalist Kevin Alfred Strom, The Hill noted.

Cusack deleted the offensive tweet, and then posted: "A bot got me." "I thought I was endorsing a pro Palestinian justice retweet – of an earlier post – it came I think from a different source – Shouldn't Have retweeted," he tweeted.

Later he added: "it's clear that even if it was Israel's flag & even if you don't have antisemitic bone in your body, it is still an antisemitic cartoon. Because it deploys anti jewish stereotypes in its attacks on Israel, even if those critiques about state violence are legit."

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