Actor John Cusack tweeted an antisemitic image, then hastily deleted it, insisting he thought he was retweeting a “pro Palestinian justice message”.

He shared an image that carried the quote, wrongly attributed to Voltaire (but actually written by a white supremacist), saying: “If you want to know who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticise”. Below this, it said: “Is it not obvious?”

The image includes a hand branded with the Star of David crushing a small group of people and Mr Cusack wrote: “Follow the money”, asking people to retweet the image.

The actor was immediately blasted on social media shortly after the tweet was shared and tried to defend himself saying, “A bot got me”.

Cusack tweeted. ‘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 then deleted the original tweet.

However, despite apologising, it seems that Cusack has not learned his lesson, going on to defend the image if it was, in fact, a picture of Palestinians being crushed by the Jewish hand.

Journalist Yair Rosenberg said it was “blatantly antisemitic”.

“The fact that in 2019 a celebrity can opnely share anti-Jewish stuff like this and genuinely think it’s politically OK tells you a lot about why Israel became necessary and remains so,” he wrote.