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Hate Crimes in US Against Muslims Decrease – FBI Report

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Hate crime against Muslims in the U.S. accounted for 16.3 percent of all religiously-motivated hate crimes in 2014, according to FBI crime statistics.

In addition, the number of overall hate crimes decreased from 2013 as did the number of hate crimes due to religious bias. Hate crimes against Muslims also decreased, from 177 reported incidents in 2013 to 168 reported incidents in 2014.

Overall, 1,092 religiously-motivated hate crimes were reported in 2014, accounting for 18.6 percent of all hate crimes. In 2013, 1,223 religious hate crimes were reported, constituting 16.9 percent of all hate crime in the U.S.

As in 2013, crimes against Jews in 2014 constituted by the far the largest percentage of religiously-motivated hate crimes (58.2 percent in 2014 and 60.3 percent in 2013).

Even though the overall numbers hate crimes, religiously-motivated hate crimes and hate crimes against Muslims decreased in 2014, the percentage of religiously-motivated crimes against Muslims increased from 13.7 percent in 2013 to 16.3 percent in 2014.

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org