2017 Gothenburg Synagogue attack

The 2017 Gothenburg Synagogue attack took place on 9 December 2017 when individuals in a large gang threw firebombs at the synagogue in Gothenburg, which hosted an event with about 40 youth inside. The people inside fled to the basement but nobody was hurt.[1][2][3] The incendiaries started a fire among the parked vehicles in the yard but the building did not catch fire.[4] Of the about ten masked individuals at the scene, two stateless Palestinians and one Syrian could later be identified and they were sentenced to jail for having committed a hate crime.[5]


The attack was done the day after activists in Malmö had shouted slogans about killing or shooting Jews at a demonstration.[1]


Political impactEdit

The attack was condemned by National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson.[6] Prime minister Stefan Löfven condemned the attack as well as the antisemitic propaganda in Malmö.[7]

Investigation and trialEdit

The suspects could be identified using recordings by security cameras.

The trial began on 12 June 2018[8] and prosecutor Stina Lundqvist charged the defendants with aggravated arson and a hate crime and demanded an eight year prison sentence for each and deportation for all.[9]

All three suspects, who were aged 19 to 24,[10] were sentenced by the District Court of Gothenburg 25 June 2018[8] for having committed a hate crime, gross unlawful threat (Swedish: grovt olaga hot) and attempting to commit gross damage to property (Swedish: försök till grov skadegörelse) against the Jewish congregation and Jews in general, but did not uphold the charge of aggravated arson as the firebombs were not considered powerful enough. The main suspect was a 22-year-old asylum seeker from Gaza, but his asylum application to Sweden rejected. He received a sentence of two years in prison and deportation with an attendant ban on returning until 2028. According to the District Court of Gothenburg, the crime was serious enough to motivate deportation of all three, but the Swedish Migration Agency had given the other two perpetrators permanent residence permits. The elder of the other two accused received prison sentences of two years and the younger one year and three months.[5] The three were born 1994, 1996 and 1999.[11]

The prosecutor pointed out that anyone watching the security camera recordings would be in no doubt the intent was to burn down the synagogue and that the court decision had happened due to technicalities, but also expressed satisfaction that the hate crime charge had been upheld.[8]

In July 2018, the verdict from the district court was appealed by the three suspects, who are migrants.[12] The prosecutor also announced her intention to appeal the verdict to pursue a conviction for aggravated arson. (Swedish: grov mordbrand).[11]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Three Arrested After Firebomb Attack on Swedish Synagogue". New York Times. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  2. ^ magazine, Le Point (2017-12-10). "Suède: tentative d'incendie criminel contre la synagogue de Göteborg". Le Point (in French). Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  3. ^ (www.dw.com), Deutsche Welle. "Swedish synagogue suffers attempted arson attack | DW | 10.12.2017". DW.COM. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  4. ^ "Synagoga-attacken fångades på övervakningsfilm". Göteborgs-Posten (in Swedish). Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  5. ^ a b "Domen efter attacken mot synagogan". Göteborgs-Posten (in Swedish). Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  6. ^ "Dan Eliasson om attentatet: Utomordentligt allvarligt". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  7. ^ Regeringskansliet, Regeringen och (2017-12-10). "Statement by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven". Regeringskansliet (in Swedish). Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  8. ^ a b c "Rätten: Attack mot synagoga var hatbrott". Sydsvenskan (in Swedish). Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  9. ^ "Åtta års fängelse yrkas för attacken mot synagogan - DN.SE". DN.SE (in Swedish). 2018-06-20. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  10. ^ "Three men sentenced over attack on Gothenburg synagogue". The Local. June 25, 2018. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Dömda för synagogsattacken överklagar". Göteborgs-Posten (in Swedish). Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  12. ^ "Sweden to try 3 migrants over December synagogue arson attack". Times of Israel. May 25, 2018. Retrieved August 21, 2018.

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