Sen. Elio Lannutti of Italy’s Five Star Movement has apologised for sharing a link on the Rothschilds following fierce backlash on social media.
“Yesterday I published a link about the Rothschild bankers, without any comment. Since I had no intention to offend anyone, let alone the Jewish or other communities, I apologise if the link has hit a sensitive nerve. Sharing a link does not mean sharing the contents, from which I distance myself. I would like to stress that I am not, nor will I ever be an anti-Semite”, Lannutti wrote on Facebook.
Social media users, however, remain sceptical of his statement, insisting that he should resign instead of apologising:
TWEET: “You have to resign, rather than apologise. What does it mean I published a link without comment? What an idiotic apology is that?”
Ti devi dimettere, altro che scuse.— popeoe64 #facciamorete (@popeoe64) 21 January 2019
Cosa significa ho pubblicato un link senza commento? Che scusa idiota è?
Intanto lo ha pubblicato e chi doveva leggerlo lo ha letto, si vergogni!#lannuttidimettiti
TWEET: “To publish a link to the anti-Semitic and false theses is to spread them and then to support them. These excuses are not enough! #LannuttiResign”
As criticism kept flooding in, he wrote that he never harboured “a sentence, a thought, an action against Jews persecuted and slain by the Nazis”. He also said that if the “defamation” continued, he would be forced to sue the accusers.
The Jewish community website Moked earlier bashed his original tweet as “a delusional post” that “reinforces the arguments presented in ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’”.
He earlier tweeted a link alleging that the renowned wealthy Jewish family controlled the international banking system, while the article itself cited the anti-Semitic fabricated publication, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”.
TWEET: “The ‘Group of the Elders of Zion’ and Mayer Amschel Rothschild, the skilful founder of the famous dynasty that still today controls the International Banking System, led to the creation of a manifesto: ‘The Protocols…’”
Gruppo dei Savi di Sion” e Mayer Amschel Rothschild, l’abile fondatore della famosa dinastia che ancora oggi controlla il Sistema Bancario Internazionale,portò alla creazione di un manifesto: “I Protocolli… https://t.co/04VFugN053— Elio Lannutti (@ElioLannutti) 20 January 2019
The web page he referred to appears to have been deleted.
Following the backlash over the tweet, Five Star party leader Luigi Di Maio has distanced himself and the entire party from “the considerations of Senator Elio Lannutti”, La Repubblica reported.
The Protocols of the Elders of Zion was published in the early 20th century and claims to describe a Jewish conspiracy of achieving global hegemony by controlling the press and the world’s economies.