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USA anti-Semitic hate crimes spiked 37 percent in 2017

USA anti-Semitic hate crimes spiked 37 percent in 2017

"The report covers the first year of President Donald Trump's time in the White House", writes Vox's German Lopez, "and he's been repeatedly criticized, from his campaign to his presidential statements and tweets, of stoking racist sentiment, particularly against immigrants and refugees".

The FBI report is believed to undercount the true extent of hate crime in the United States.That is in part because the report is based on voluntary submissions made by law enforcement agencies, most of which usually don't report hate incidents.Last year, more than 16,000 law enforcement agencies took part in the FBI data collection, but only 2,000 agencies actually reported hate crimes.

"You can't move what you can't measure; without accurate reporting we don't have a real sense of how widespread hate crimes are and what needs to be done to address bias in society", Greenblatt said.

It was the third year in a row hate offenses rose in the U.S. There were 7,175 hate crime incidents reported in 2017, and a total of 8,437 offenses (some incidents included multiple charges). That's a difference of about 1,000.

Washington law enforcement agencies reported 613 total hate-motivated crimes to the Federal Bureau of Investigation a year ago - everything from homicide and rape to burglary and "intimidation" - more than any other state except California, according to the FBI's data. Additionally, 938 acts targeted Jewish Americans.

In its annual statistics, the federal crime-fighting agency listed 166 crimes in North Carolina motivated by race, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

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The FBI said although the number of attacks has increased, so has the number of law enforcement agencies reporting hate crime data. "Between 2016 and 2017, CAIR-Chicago has received a 50% increase in reported incidents of discrimination", said Deputy Director Sufyan Sohel in a statement.

Nationwide, there was a almost 23 percent increase in religion-based hate crimes, with more than 900 reports of crimes targeting Jews and Jewish institutions.

Religious-based hate crimes, in general, rose by nine percent from 2016 to 2017, encompassing reported attacks against 14 subcategories of different faiths, including a category for attacks against Atheist and Agnostic individuals.

The most hate crimes were reported in California, New Jersey, New York and Washington state.

"This report is a call to action - and we will heed that call", said Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker in a statement.

In 1990, Congress passed the Hate Crime Statistics Act, which required the USA attorney general to collect data "about crimes that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity". The FBI can only report what the data they receive. The FBI was tasked with developing procedures for implementing, collecting, and managing hate-crime data.