Italian lawmaker tweets alleging Rothschilds control international banking

Sen. Elio Lannutti later deleted the tweet and apologized.

By JTA
January 23, 2019 14:47
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Elio Lannutti datisenato

Elio Lannutti datisenato. (photo credit: SENATE OF THE REPUBLIC (ITALY))

 
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An Italian lawmaker sparked outrage with a tweet asserting that the famous wealthy Jewish family, the Rothschilds, control international banking and appeared to buy into the notorious antisemitic hoax “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”

He later deleted the tweet and apologized.

The tweet was written on Monday by Sen. Elio Lannutti, of the populist Five Star Movement, and linked to a website with antisemitic content claiming Rothschild global dominance.

Lannutti, who represents a political party which forms Italy’s government coalition with the right-wing League Party, deleted his tweet following protest from opposition politicians.

Five Star party leader Luigi De Maio also said he “distanced” himself and the party as a whole from it. The Jewish community website Moked called the tweet "a delusional post” that “reinforces the arguments presented in ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.’”


After deleting the tweet, Lannutti posted an apology on social media saying he had not intended to offend anyone and stated that linking to content didn’t mean he agreed with it. He denied being an antisemite.

In his deleted tweet, Lannutti had written that “The ‘Group of the Elders of Zion’ and Mayer Amschel Rothschild, the skillful founder of the famous dynasty that still today controls the International Banking System, led to the creation of a manifesto: ‘The Protocols…’” The web page he linked to also appeared to have been deleted.

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion was published in Czarist Russia in the early 20th century and claim to describe a Jewish conspiracy to dominate the world.

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