Hate Acts against Muslims Decline; Crimes against Jews Highestz

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Byline: Audrey Hudson, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

"Hate crimes" reported by Muslims have decreased significantly since the year of the September 11 terrorist attacks, according to the FBI, and harassment against Jews outnumber incidents against all other religious and ethnic groups.

Hate crimes and harassment against Jews far outnumber those against any other religion, including Muslims, according to new hate-crime statistics reported from 2000 through 2005.

Nearly 1,700 hate crimes against Jews were reported in 2000 and 2,118 in 2001, a significant spike that was similarly reflected in crimes reported against Muslims. Thirty-six hate crimes against Muslims were reported in 2000 and more than 500 in 2001 most of them after the Islamist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, in which more than 3,000 Americans, including some Muslims, died.

The numbers dropped to 977 hate crimes against Jews and 151 hate crimes against Muslims in 2005, according to the most recent FBI numbers.

The preponderance of harassment of Jews doesn't surprise Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, a Phoenix physician and chairman of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, who says anti-Semitism "has had hundreds of years of roots" in European countries and over the past century in the U.S. He predicts that "over the next 100 years, we will see the establishment of Islamophobia taking root. It is still a relatively new phenomenon, but at an accelerated fashion."

Abraham H. Foxman, director of the Anti-Defamation League, says the FBI figures are encouraging, "[but] we remain concerned because too many people continue to act out their anti-Jewish hatred."

"We have always said that America is different, that the Jewish communities here are fortunate to be largely immune from the kind of anti-Semitic violence experienced by some European Jewish communities," he said. …