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Police identify man suspected of sending pig heads to Rome synagogue

(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.