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December 13, 2002

When Jews are being killed its old news or not even news.

An Associated Presswire story with the headline "FBI: Surge in crimes against Muslims" drew an interesting conclusion from the FBI's annual report of hate-crime statistics:
"Incidents targeting Muslims, previously the least common involving religious bias, increased from just 28 in 2000 to 481 in 2001 a jump of 1,600 percent."
Most major media outlets picked up on this and reported on this highly disturbing trend in American life since September 11, 2001.

But as always what was not raised in the media but which was a key finding of the FBI's annual report:
Of the 2,118 victims of hate crime in 2001, 26% were Muslims, but 56.5%were Jews.

In 2000, there were 1,699 victims of a hate crimes based on religion. Of those, 1,269 (approximately 75% ) were Jews.

In 1999, the numbers are similar, with a total of 1,686 reported victims of hate crimes, 1,289 of whom were Jewish.

In 1998, it was a total of 1,720 victims, 1,235 of whom were Jews.
I don't know about you but I was astounded at these numbers.

Ted Belman tedbel@rogers.com