ADL calls for ac­tion af­ter FBI re­port shows in­crease in hate crimes

54.2% of cases in 2016 were an­ti­semitic

The Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By YAIR ETTINGER Jerusalem Post Cor­re­spon­dent

NEW YORK – Ac­cord­ing to the FBI’s 2016 Hate Crime Sta­tis­tics re­port, African Amer­i­cans, Jews and Mus­lims are tar­geted more of­ten than any other re­li­gious or eth­nic group in the United States.

The re­port noted that more than 6,100 hate crimes took place last year, about 5% higher than in 2015. This is the sec­ond year in a row that an in­crease in in­ci­dents has been recorded.

More than half of the racially-mo­ti­vated in­ci­dents – 54.2% – tar­geted Jews. This rep­re­sents a slight in­crease in anti-Semitic in­ci­dents recorded in the Bureau’s 2016 re­port. A quar­ter of the tar­gets re­ported were Mus­lims.

Of the cases, 1,739 were doc­u­mented as an­tiblack or anti-African Amer­ica, while 20% were against White Amer­i­cans and 10% against His­panic or Latino Amer­i­cans.

The Anti-Defama­tion League (ADL) ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment from the in­crease in hate crimes na­tion­wide and said that in some cities there may be un­der­re­ported cases of hate crimes.

Ear­lier this month, the ADL re­leased a re­port say­ing that in the first nine months of 2017 there was a 67% in­crease in anti-Semitic in­ci­dents in the US. Another re­port, pub­lished by ADL in April, recorded 1,266 anti-Semitic in­ci­dents in the US in 2016, a sharp in­crease of 34% from 2015.

“It’s deeply dis­turb­ing to see hate crimes in­crease for the sec­ond year in a row,” said ADL head Jonathan Green­blatt. “Hate crimes de­mand pri­or­ity at­ten­tion be­cause of their spe­cial im­pact. They not only hurt one vic­tim, but they also in­tim­i­date and iso­late a vic­tim’s whole com­mu­nity and weaken the bonds of our so­ci­ety.”

To in­crease un­der­stand­ing of th­ese trends, ADL an­nounced an in­ter­ac­tive hate crime map that dis­plays FBI data from re­ports be­tween 2004 and 2016 for cities with more than 100,000 res­i­dents.

It gives users the abil­ity to nav­i­gate hate crime data and laws at the city, statewide and na­tional lev­els, and breaks out in­for­ma­tion on crimes against a broad spec­trum of tar­geted pop­u­la­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to the ADL, the map shows “which large cities may have un­der­re­ported hate crimes in their city – or not re­ported at all”.

“There’s a dan­ger­ous dis­con­nect be­tween the ris­ing prob­lem of hate crimes and the lack of cred­i­ble data be­ing re­ported,” Green­blatt said.

“Po­lice de­part­ments that do not re­port cred­i­ble data to the FBI risk send­ing the mes­sage that this is not a pri­or­ity is­sue for them, which may threaten com­mu­nity trust in their abil­ity and readi­ness to ad­dress hate vi­o­lence.

“We will need an ‘all hands on deck’ ap­proach – in­clud­ing com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions, law en­force­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions, civic lead­ers, and the ac­tive in­volve­ment of the Jus­tice Depart­ment and FBI of­fi­cials – to ad­dress hate crime un­der­re­port­ing,” he con­cluded.

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