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December 09, 2016

FBI: American Jews Most Targeted Minority for Hate Crimes in 2015

AEI Scholar Mark Perry

American Jews account for a shockingly disproportionate number of hate crime victims, according to 2015 FBI statistics. The Bureau defines a hate crime as “an offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or gender identity.?

The FBI reported that of the 1,244 reported victims of hate crimes last year, 664, or 53.4%, were Jewish. By comparison, there were 257 victims of anti-Muslim hate crimes, or 20.7% of the total figure.

Indeed, in 2015 there were more Jewish victims of hate crimes in the U.S. than all of the other victims of religious groups combined

Yet, this conclusion is not reflected in U.S. news media coverage—or popular perception—of hate crime victims. Mark Perry, a scholar at the Washington D.C.-based think tank American Enterprise Institute (AEI), noted:

“According to a Google news search for the term ‘hate crimes’ along with the name of each of those three groups [Muslims, Blacks and Jews], there are 164,000 results for ‘hate crimes’+black, 134,000 results for ‘hate crimes’ + Muslims and only 36,400 results for ‘hate crimes’+Jews.?

“Based on news reports,? Perry stated, “you would think that blacks were 4.5 times more likely than Jews to be victim of a hate crime and that Muslims were almost 4 times more likely than Jews to be a hate crime victim.? However, “adjusting for the population size of each group (42.75 million blacks, 5.7 million Jews and 3.3 million Muslims), the hate crime victimization rates last year per 100,000 population were 11.6 for Jews, 7.8 for Muslims and 4.1 for blacks… . Therefore, American Jews were nearly three times more likely than blacks to be a victim of a hate crime last year, and 1.5 times more likely than a Muslim to be a hate crime victim.?

As CAMERA has noted, many U.S. news media outlets have provided coverage of anti-Muslim hate crimes. Often, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is quoted—despite the group’s history of having distorted hate crime statistics. However, hate crimes against Jews are often given short shift by the press (“The Washington Post Gets CAIR-Less, Again,? CAMERA, Nov. 23, 2016). For example, The Washington Post reported CAIR’s claims of an increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes in 2015 (“Attacks against Muslims hit highest mark since 2001,? November 14). But The Post article omitted those against Jews in 2015.

As AEI scholar Perry pointed out:

“Based on the actual rates of hate crime victimization and the fact that Jews are so disproportionately targeted, wouldn’t we have to conclude that hate crimes against Jews are routinely under-reported by the media relative to the reporting of hate crimes against blacks and Muslims??

Posted by SD at December 9, 2016 11:36 AM


Can you check your figures as given, please. I can't get your results.

Posted by: Ian [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 10, 2016 07:10 PM

I think you've made a mistake in methodology.

Results from 2015 not available on the web, but for 2014 numbers are likely comparable. Jews make up 53% of hate crimes motivated my religion, but hate crimes against blacks are much higher and are reported in a different heading - motivated by race.

Posted by: Anonymous at December 11, 2016 02:15 AM

Jews, please stop voting for liberals, social democrats & champagne socialist like hillary, they will make sure that the fule of this hate against Jews always on & you always will be the victim of this modern anti-Jews & antisemitism!

Posted by: Anita Israeli at December 12, 2016 12:19 PM

Perry's article and methodology, found at the link noted in the blog and below, employs statistics from the FBI's 2015 Uniformed Crime Reports. Perry provides links to the data in his article

Posted by: SD at December 13, 2016 11:28 AM

The statistics given above are for hate crimes on
the basis of religion, not for the total number of hate crimes. Hate crimes against African Americans
are greater. On a per capita basis hate crimes against Jews are slightly higher than against African Americans.

Posted by: Jack at December 15, 2016 02:20 PM

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