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November 16, 2015 4:09 pm

FBI Reports That Majority of ‘Religious Bias’ Crimes in US Last Year Were Against Jews

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Jews were targeted in 60 percent of last year's religion-based hate crimes, according to the FBI. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Jews were targeted in nearly 60 percent of last year’s religion-based hate crimes, according to the FBI. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Jews and Jewish institutions were the target of a majority of last year’s religiously motivated crimes in the US, according to an FBI report released on Monday.

According to the FBI, 58.2 percent of “religious bias” crimes recorded in 2014 were against Jews and Jewish institutions.

The 2014 FBI Hate Crime Statistics Act (HCSA) stated that hate crimes motivated by religious bias accounted for 1,092 offenses reported by law enforcement officials last year. The majority was anti-Jewish, followed by 16.3% anti-Islamic and 6.1% anti-Catholic.

The report also documented that for the second year in a row, there is a decrease in the total number of reported hate crimes in the US. The 5,479 hate crimes reported to the FBI in 2014 went down from the 5,928 hate crimes reported in 2013. Last year’s figure is the lowest number of hate crimes recorded since 1991, the first year data was collected by the FBI.

Marvin D. Nathan, national chairman of the Anti-Defamation League, and ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said in a joint statement that the number of religion-based crimes against Jews and Jewish sites is “deeply disturbing.” They added, “It shows that Jews in the US continue to be targeted for hate crimes at a disturbingly hate rate.”

Nathan and Greenblatt also called for more government and community action to address the fact that more than 100 cities with a population of over 100,000 either reported zero hate crimes or ignored the FBI’s request for their 2014 data.

“While it is possible that a large city would not experience a hate crime in a calendar year, serial zero reporting raises doubts about a department’s training to identify these crimes – and readiness to address them,” they said in their statement. “The significant number of zero-reporting and non-participating police agencies across the country calls this welcome decrease in reported hate crimes into question.”

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  • Cory Chandler

    What’s a Trojon Horse?

    • JEZzie

      Trojan Horse is from Greek mythology. A gigantic hollow wooden horse, left by the Greeks upon their pretended abandonment of the siege of Troy. The Trojans took it into Troy and Greek soldiers, concealed in the horse, opened the gates to the Greek army at night and conquered the city. “beware of Greeks bearing gifts” came from this story. It is someone or something that is used to hide what is true or real in order to trick or harm an enemy.

  • Adrianna

    Yeah… Anyone who thinks Trojan is spelled trogon is a moron. Unfortunately, there weren’t enough idiots like you when your family appeared to stop you from “infiltrating” and lowering the country’s IQ. In the kind words of your own type, go home.

    • Ming

      Over-react much?

  • Jonah

    If you think it’s bad now you have not seen anything yet. The moon bat in charge of this country unloaded 10,000 Syrians in Memphis Tennessee., 10,000 in Indiana, 10,000 in L.A…..he is distributing them all over the country in buses. America is under Siege! He is trogon horseing thousands of seasoned Isis jihadists and infiltrating our country with them. The governors of this country are on to him and are desperately attempting to seal their borders but Obama is moving fast, he has but a little time to be true to his form…he must destroy the great Satan. Gee I guess that includes Harry Reid, and Barbara boxer, Nancy and the liberal girls. Farewell Whoopy…the party is over. Do you think any of these peace loving jihadists can blow a nuclear plant? My guess is the moon bat in charge is betting on it. If I’m wrong it would make a good read for a new book by Savage.

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    • Ming

      Wow, must be rough to be you.