Sweden’s Assyrian community and its attitude towards Israel and Jews

Ivan Goncharenko, Elad Ben-Dror

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This article examines attitudes within Sweden’s Assyrian community towards Israel, based on responses to a Swedish-language questionnaire distributed via the community’s electronic mailing list. The emergent picture is one of strong sympathy for the Jewish state, seen by respondents as a shining example of national self-determination based on the ingathering of the exiles–a dream nurtured by the world-dispersed small Assyrian nation. In addition, due to their deep animosity towards Turkey and the Arab states on account of their centuries-long persecution of the Assyrians, Swedish Assyrians tend to favour Israel in its feud with the Palestinians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1223-1238
Number of pages16
JournalIsrael Affairs
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2021

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  • Assyrians
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Palestinian-Israeli conflict
  • Sweden
  • Turkey
  • genocide


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