Swedish Twitter curator hits raw nerve

June 12, 2012 at 3:12 PM
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STOCKHOLM, Sweden, June 12 (UPI) -- The woman holding the rotating curatorship of Sweden's official Twitter account this week provoked some people with her comments about Jews.

Sonja Abrahamsson, 27, who describes herself as "a single and low educated mother," was given controls of the Twitter account Monday as part of the Swedish Institute's 9-month-old Curators of Sweden project, TheLocal.se reported. By Tuesday afternoon, she was drawing fire for comments such as: "Whats the fuzz with jews. You can't even see if a person is a jew, unless you see their penises, and even if you do, you can't be sure!?"

She followed that tweet with others about Jews and the Nazis during World War II.

"In nazi German they even had to sew stars on their sleeves. If they didn't, they could never now who was a jew and who was not a jew," she said in one post, and in another said, "Where I come from there is no jews. I guess its a religion. But why were the nazis talking about races? Was it a blood-thing (for them)?"

Later, she tweeted, "I just don't get why some people hates jews so much."

The Local said Abrahamsson's musings drew hundreds of responses.

"The anti-semitic tweets from @Sweden are putting me off somewhat..." wrote @krsegal.

"Step away from the keyboard," pleaded @wefail.

"You're representing your country. Time for an apology," wrote @mhopp7.

Lena Posner-Korosi, head of the Jewish community in Stockholm, told The Local she hadn't seen the posts but found the episode "very strange."

"If this person is supposed to be an ambassador for Sweden, this is not the way to do it," she said "They really should do a quality check on these people beforehand."

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