These stats will help put the troubling spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes in context.

UK Media Watch

A report titled ‘Islamophobic attacks in US are now as high as post 9/11 levels’ was published on Nov. 22nd at i100 (The Independent’s BuzzFeed style brand).

The article, based on recent FBI hate crime statistics, by i100 contributor Louis Dore, correctly reports that there were 91 anti-Muslim assaults in 2015, up from 51 such assaults the previous year and nearly the same number reported for the year of the 9/11 attacks.

Of course, even one act of anti-Muslim violence is one too many, and any such statistical increase should be taken seriously.

However, the i100 report neglected to put the number in context.  

Religious based hate crimes against Muslims are far less common than such crimes against Jews – based on the most recent FBI report, as well as statistics going back to 1996.

hate-crimes FBI’s Religious-Based Hate Crime Statistics (Graph from Jewish Virtual Library)


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