Antisemitism watch. According to FBI statistics, anti-Jewish actions are the majority of religious hate crimes in the US.
The 166-page report documented more than 1,300 religion-based hate incidents in 2003. Jews were by far the most frequent targets of such attacks, with anti-Muslim incidents trailing far behind at 149.JTA
NEW YORK, Nov. 23 (JTA) — The incidence of hate crimes in the United States may not be rising, but religion-based hate crimes overwhelmingly are directed against Jews and Jewish institutions.
Those were some findings of the FBI’s Hate Crimes Statistics 2003, released Monday. The survey documents 927 anti-Jewish crimes last year — most of them classified as intimidation — comprising more than 12 percent of all hate crimes reported in America.
.... Overall, the report found that hate crimes remained relatively steady between 2002 and 2003. The 7,489 total incidents last year were just 27 more than took place in 2002, the FBI said — and the 2002 figures were the lowest since 1994.
As a motivating factor for hate crimes, religion was a distant second — along with sexual orientation — behind race. While 16.4 percent of these crimes were motivated by religious animus, more than 52 percent were the result of racial prejudice, most often anti-black.