Hate crimes against Mus­lims up 67 per­cent last year, FBI says

China Daily (USA) - - WORLD - By AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS in At­lanta

Re­ported hate crimes again­stMus­lims rose last year to their high­est num­ber since the af­ter­math of the Sept 11, 2001, ter­ror­ist at­tacks, ac­cord­ing to FBI statis­tics re­leased onMon­day.

Over­all, the to­tal num­ber of hate crimes against all groups re­ported by law en­force­ment agen­cies to the FBI in­creased from 5,479 in 2014 to 5,850 last year. That re­mains far lower than the num­bers seen in the early 2000s, but the FBI re­lease comes amid nu­mer­ous re­ports of at­tacks based on race and re­li­gion fol­low­ing last week’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

The most re­cent re­port­ing cov­ers cal­en­dar year 2015, which in­cluded the ter­ror at­tacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Cal­i­for­nia, as well as Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump’s call for a ban on all Mus­lims en­ter­ing the US. All of those, how­ever, did­no­toc­cu­run­til the fi­nal two months of the year.

It’s not yet known whether Trump plans to im­ple­ment such a ban now that he has won the pres­i­dency. Crit­ics say his pledge has con­trib­uted to anti-Mus­lim sen­ti­ment.

Last year, there were 257 re­ported in­ci­dents of an­tiMus­lim bias com­pared to 154 the year be­fore, a 67 per­cent in­crease. The num­ber of re­ported hate crimes against Mus­lims peaked at 481 in2001. Ibrahim Hooper,

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Is­lamic Re­la­tions, said he was not sur­prised to see the large in­crease in 2015 and said he ex­pects the trend to con­tinue.

“We saw a spike in an­tiMus­lim in­ci­dents na­tion­wide be­gin­ning to­ward the end of 2015. That spike has con­tin­ued un­til to­day and even ac­cel­er­ated af­ter the elec­tion of Trump,” Hooper said.

There have been re­ports of racist and anti-re­li­gious in­ci­dents around the coun­try since the Nov 8 elec­tion.

Two stu­dents at a school in Penn­syl­va­nia held a Don­ald Trump sign in a hall­way as some­one shouted “white power”, while at San Diego State Univer­sity, au­thor­i­ties said a Mus­lim woman wear­ing a hi­jab had her ve­hi­cle stolen by two men who made com­ments about Trump’s elec­tion.

That spike has con­tin­ued and even ac­cel­er­ated af­ter the elec­tion of Trump.”

spokesman for Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Is­lamic re­la­tions

SERGEANT SAM SHEPHERD VIA REUTERS

A Royal New Zealand Air Force mem­ber helps evac­u­ate a tod­dler and oth­ers aboard a he­li­copter from Kaik­oura on Tues­day.

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