Jews Still Top FBI Hate Crime Stats, But Muslims Get the Media Focus

The number of anti-Semitic hate crimes increased by 9% last year.

The latest FBI Hate Crimes statistics report shows that the number of anti-Semitic hate crimes increased by 9% in 2015, from 609 to  664, meaning that once again hate crimes against Jews outnumber hate crimes against every other religious group.

But as the Elder of Ziyon blog notes in an entry titled "Jews get attacked 2.5X more than Muslims in America. Muslims get 25X more headlines," most of the news media focus is on anti-Muslim hate crimes, not only because those increased by 67% last year (up to 257 attacks, less than 40% of the number of attacks on Jews), but also because the progressive media are hyper-sympathetic to the victims of "Islamophobia."

The Elder of Ziyon noted that

AP waited until the last sentence of the article to mention that most religious based hate crimes are against Jews. So did CNN. Fox buried it in paragraph 9. The Guardian made it sound like there were far more Muslim hate crimes than any other, with a quote from an "expert": "Levin said that Muslims were now the most disdained social group in the US, and have subsequently been subject to widespread prejudice The Christian Science Monitor mentioned Jewish attacks in the second paragraph but the headline was about Muslims.

One of the only news outlets that tried to be accurate was MassLive. Even though its headline also only mentioned Muslim victims, the first paragraph says:

"The number of hate crimes reported against Muslims nationally jumped by 67 percent in 2015 — but a majority of religiously motivated hate crimes were still committed against Jews, according to statistics released Monday by the FBI."

It's unclear whether the FBI report includes reports of anti-Muslim hate crimes that later prove to be false, such as the instance in which a Muslim woman in Louisiana told police she was attacked with a metal object and robbed of her headscarf and wallet by two men wearing Donald Trump clothing just hours after Trump was elected president. Last week she admitted to police that she made it up. That incident happened to take place this year and therefore obviously was not among the FBI's 2015 statistics, but false claims of anti-Muslim hate crimes are far from uncommon.

According to a 2013 Pew report, there were approximately 4.2 million Jews by religion in the United States at that time, or 1.8% of the population, and declining. Muslims in the U.S. totaled 3.3 million in 2016, or 1% of the population, but are projected to make up 2.1% of the U.S. population by 2050.

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