The house of a politician who has been the target of antisemitic harassment was set on fire in the Southern Swedish city of Lund.
The Council of Swedish Jewish Communities -the country’s EJC affiliate – is calling the incident a hate crime. It did not name the person believed to have been targeted, describing him only as a lay politician with Jewish roots. The alleged victim was able to extinguish the flames before they spread to other homes.
No one was hurt, but the blaze resulted in extensive damage to the property.
Police have no suspects in custody. The victim had death threats mailed to him and has been the subject of hate speech online, according to the Jewish community.
This summer, the owner of another home targeted with arson has been, like the lawmaker, “active on Jewish issues” over the past few years, Jewish council president Aron Verstandig wrote. He said both homeowners wish to remain anonymous.
“There is strong suspicion that these attacks are targeted against these people because they are Jews,” Verstandig wrote. “The latest incident has the extra dimension of an attempt to intimidate a politician into silence.”
He called the arson “an attack on Swedish democracy.”