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Jewish Woman Claims Anti-Semitic Cops Doctored ID Photo To Give Her A ‘Hooked Nose’

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A Swedish, Jewish journalist shared what appeared to be a horrific edit to her identification. The photo was warped to have a longer, hooked nose.

Annika Henroth-Rothstein, a 38-year old journalist, went to a police station near Stockholm, Sweden to update her identification.

When she was handed back her new ID, she was shocked.

Rothstein felt the officers knew she was Jewish, as she was wearing a Star of David and her employment papers listed her working for an Israeli newspaper.

She told Metro UK:

“I did a double-take when I got the ID but I actually left with it and didn’t say anything because I felt really scared and uncomfortable.”

The hooked nose has been an anti-Semitic trope for centuries, and if this was intentional, comes from a long history of horrific bigotry.

Rothstein received a lot of comments of support, but also anti-Semitic vitriol. Many comments and responses made horrible comparisons and comments on her heritage.

She wasn’t sure about complaining about it at first saying:

“I showed it to my non-Jewish friend today and he said it made him sick and I had to say something. And now I’m glad I did and I’ll file a complaint because I feel encouraged by the fact that I’m not the only one seeing the anti-Semitism in this.”

Swedish police have acknowledged that it is possible to edit their photos and are investigating this situation.

“As a Jew, sometimes you’re scared to sound the alarm on these things because inevitably people will say ‘that’s a technical error’ or ‘you Jews are seeing anti-Semitism everywhere’, but this seems pretty blatant.”

So, about that “technical error” possibility.

It’s hard to say if this instance was intentional or not, we’ll have to wait for the Swedish police on that, but the idea that this is a technical error is more than possible.

It has some evidence backing it up.

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Twitter user Markus Hankins collected some responses showing the same glitch from Swedish identifications.

The first shows another woman with the same issue, explaining it comes from the nose and upper lip being blurred together.

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The second comes from another Twitter user who had an unfortunate result on his ID.

It says:

“It’s the contrast settings when they print the cards. I myself became a little Hitler on mine…”

Other users shared their own problems with the Swedish ID card printer.

Based on this, it’s likely something wrong with the printer used, but this is for identification cards. The whole point of a photo ID is that it looks like you.

If there is enough of a problem that the photo can come out with this kind of excessive error, the Swedish government will need to replace the problem software or hardware to prevent this from happening again.

While it might not be targeting Jewish people, the fact is they shouldn’t have to worry about this happening to them.


Written by Ben Acosta

Ben Acosta is an Arizona-based fiction author and freelance writer. In his free time, he critiques media and acts in local stage productions.