(JTA) — Italian police identified a far-right activist suspected of sending boxes containing severed pig heads to Rome’s main synagogue, the Israeli embassy and a Rome museum with a Holocaust exhibition.
Police have opened an investigation against Ernesto Morosini, 29, for instigation of racial hatred, according to Italian media reports. Morosini, police said, wanted to found an anti-Semitic movement and had sent the packages to gain support.
Rome Jewish Community President Riccardo Pacifici issued a statement thanking law enforcement for “the speed and promptness” of “a job well done.”
The pig heads, delivered by a courier service, were discovered on Jan. 24, three days before International Holocaust Memorial Day.