Sweden jails three men over attack on synagogue
A Swedish court on Monday sentenced two refugees and one rejected asylum seeker to prison for attacking a synagogue with Molotov cocktails in the wake of the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last year.
The court in the country’s second largest city of Gothenburg sentenced a 19-year-old Syrian to one year and the three months in prison, while two Palestinians, aged 24 and 22, received two years.
A few days after US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the Jewish state’s capital, a dozen people threwo multiple burning objects at the Gothenburg synagogue on the evening of December 9, 2017.
The prosecution argued that the charges were aggravated by “the crime’s motive to violate an ethnic group because of its beliefs”.
Some 20 young people participating in a celebration briefly took shelter in a cellar during the attack, but no one was injured.
The court added that the attack’s “purpose was to threaten, harm and violate both the members of the Jewish community and the Jewish people as a whole.”
The three men claimed throughout the trial that they were innocent. The rejected asylum seeker will be expelled after serving his prison sentence, the court said.