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John Cusack apologizes for anti-Semitic tweet

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Actor John Cusack is apologizing for tweeting an anti-Semitic cartoon and quotation after defending the post, then deleting it.

FILE - In this June 4, 2015 file photo, actor John Cusack participates in AOL's BUILD Speaker Series to discuss the film "Love & Mercy" in New York. Cusack has apologized for tweeting an anti-Semitic cartoon and quotation after initially defending the post, then deleting it.  (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

FILE – In this June 4, 2015 file photo, actor John Cusack participates in AOL’s BUILD Speaker Series to discuss the film “Love & Mercy” in New York. Cusack has apologized for tweeting an anti-Semitic cartoon and quotation after initially defending the post, then deleting it. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

The image showed a blue Star of David above a hand pushing down on a group of people accompanied by a quote frequently misattributed to the philosopher Voltaire: “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”

Cusack added, “Follow the money.” The quotation is a reworking of one from American white nationalist and Holocaust denier Kevin Alfred Strom.

Cusack initially defended the tweet against social media critics, accusing Israel of atrocities against Palestinians. He then blamed a “bot” for the post before deleting it.

“Made a mistake retweeting that — as I said — and sorry,” he later tweeted.

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