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Friday, December 05, 2008

What 'Islamophobia'?

A report issued on Thursday by none other than the Arab American Committee Against Discrimination surprisingly showed that there are fewer anti-Muslim incidents in the United States today than there were at any time 9/11.
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee said it received an average of 120 to 130 reports of ethnically motivated attacks or threats each year between 2003 and 2007, a sharp decrease from the 700 violent incidents it documented in the weeks following the 2001 attacks.

But that figure is still higher than the 80 to 90 reports it received in the late 1990s, the civil rights group said.
That may sound like a lot to some of you. But it's really not. Let's look at anti-Semitic incidents in 2007:
The League's annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, issued today, counted a total of 1,554 anti-Semitic incidents across the United States in 2006, representing a 12 percent decline from 1,757 reported in 2005.
While there are more than 3.5 million Jews in the US, there are less than 7 million. And the gap between 1,554 and 1,757 on the one hand and 120 to 130 on the other cannot be explained by population size.

Maybe more people hate Jews? Maybe the Jews need protection, not the Muslims?


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