Thursday, October 19, 2023

FBI statistics: Anti-Jewish hate crimes at record highs

From JTA:
Last year, American Jews again faced far more hate crimes than members of other religions, according to a report by the FBI.

There were 1,305 offenses committed against Jews in 2022, the FBI reported in its tally Monday of national crime statistics, far outnumbering the second-largest category, anti-Muslim crimes, of which there were 205.

That disparity is consistent with years of hate crimes reporting showing that Jewish victims far outnumber other religious targets.  

The article notes a large jump in 2022 of antisemitic crimes, but adds a caveat:

 Last year’s report showed a tally of 817 anti-Jewish criminal offenses, but the national increase in anti-Jewish hate crimes year over year is harder to pin down, because the FBI said the participation of local law enforcement in reporting the crimes to the FBI’s database had “significantly increased” in 2022.

If that is true, one would expect that other hate anti-religion crimes would have increased as well. But here is a chart based on these FBI statistics comparing anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim hate crimes since 2010:

Anti-Muslim hate crimes hit a peak in 2017 and then went back down to roughly the rate it has been at since the 2000s. The changes in FBI data gathering did not affect the number of Muslim hate crimes; indeed, if they have better reporting, that means that anti-Muslim hate crimes decreased. 

But anti-Jewish hate crimes tallied are the highest they've ever been since at least 2004. The ADL, using a slightly different FBI statistic, says "Reported single-bias anti-Jewish hate crime incidents in the country sharply rose by more than 37%, reaching 1,122 incidents, the highest number recorded in almost three decades and the second-highest number on record."

I don't think that the FBI counts anti-Zionist hate crimes as anti-Jewish, which means that the actual number is probably much higher. 

Chances are, the 2023 numbers will be worse yet.

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