Italian police identify man suspected of sending pigs’ head to synagogue

(JTA) – Italian police have 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.

Italian media reports identified the man as Ernesto Morosini, 29. Police told reporters that the suspect wanted to found an anti-Semitic movement and had sent the macabre packages to gain support.

Police have opened an investigation against him for instigation of racial hatred.

Rome Jewish Community President Riccardo Pacifici issued a statement thanking the forces of order for “the speed and promptness” of “a job well done.”

The pig heads, delivered by a courier service, were discovered Jan. 24, just days before International Holocaust Memorial Day on Jan. 27.