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Anti-Jewish hate crimes increased by 14 percent in 2019, according to FBI report.

By JNS and United with Israel Staff

Jews were the most targeted demographic for hate crimes among religious groups in 2019, according to an FBI report released on Monday.

Out of the 1,650 religious-motivated hate crimes reported to the FBI, 60.3 percent, or almost 995, were anti-Jewish—a 2.5 percentage point increase from 2018. Jews make up only about 1.7% of the U.S.’ population

Muslims were targeted in 13.2% of these crimes.

Last year, there were numerous anti-Semitic attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions.

These included a lone gunman shooting at Chabad of Poway in Southern California in April 2019 on the last day of Passover, which left a 60-year-old woman dead, to a spree of anti-Jewish incidents in the New York metropolitan area.

In 2019, anti-Semitic crimes increased 14 percent, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

The ADL also warned that the FBI’s figures reveal only a fraction of the actual total number of hate crimes committed in the U.S.

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