Source: Arab News
Anti-Muslim hate crimes in the US have nearly doubled in the first half of 2017, increasing by 91 percent compared to the same time in 2016, according to a report published by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
The spike marked a sizeable increase on 2016, which was the worst year for anti-Muslim incidents, since CAIR started its documenting system in 2013. While CAIR did not draw comparison, the spike in recorded incidents coincided with President Donald Trump coming into office.
The number of so-called “bias incidents” increased by 24 percent.
Zainab Arain, coordinator in CAIR’s Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia, said: “The presidential election campaign and the Trump administration have tapped into a seam of bigotry and hate that has resulted in the targeting of American Muslims and other minority groups.”
“If acts of bias impacting the American Muslim community continue as they have been, 2017 could be one of the worst years ever for such incidents,” Arain added.
There are approximately 3.3 million Muslims living in the US, according to a Pew Research Center report released in May.