John Cusack apologises for sharing vile anti-Semitic tweet

Actor John Cusack has apologised after sharing an anti-Semitic image with fans on Twitter .

The Hollywood star, 52, was slammed after retweeting a cartoon of a giant hand with a Star of David on the sleeve, which was crushing a crowd of people below it.

The meme also quoted Neo-Nazi Kevin Alfred Storm, although it attributed the quote to Voltaire instead.

It said: "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize."

In the caption, Cusack added: "Follow the money".

Cusack initially blamed a "bot" for the retweet, before explaining that he defined a "bot" as an "alt-right account".

He added that he had initially believed the image was criticising Israel, and didn't realise the source of the meme, or the anti-Semitic implications.

When a Twitter user asked how he could have "mistakenly" retweeted the "alt-right account," Cusack responded: "I thought someone was agreeing with a tweet – retweeted without really looking at it – bubbah".

He later further apologised by writing: "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.

"I mistakenly retweeted an alt right account I thought was agreeing With the horrible bombing of a hospital in Palestine." he wrote.

Reacting to his apology, some loyal supporters were quick to defend the actor, claiming that people were conflating anti-Semitism and anti Zionism.

Meanwhile, many others were less forgiving, failing to buy the actor's explanation and declaring that he should be "cancelled".

Comedian David Baddiel, who is Jewish, wrote: "John Cusack says he didn’t at first realise that the image was anti-Semitic. My, it’s a troublesome old blind spot for progressives, isn’t it?"

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