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FBI: Most religious hate crimes in 2016 targeted Jews

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Posted: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 8:13 am

The number of overall hate crimes in the U.S. increased by nearly 5 percent in 2016, with the majority of religious hate targeting the Jewish community.

The FBI’s annual report, “Hate Crime Statistics, 2016,” released Nov. 13, found there were 6,121 reported hate crimes throughout the U.S. last year, compared to 5,850 in 2015. Crimes motivated by religion made up 21 percent of hate crimes reported across the country in 2016. Of the total reported religious hate crimes, 53 percent targeted Jews or Jewish institutions, according to the FBI report.

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