There were more attacks on U.S. Jews in 2017 than all other religious groups combined

There were more attacks on U.S. Jews in 2017 than all other religious groups combined
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[Ed. – And they only make up 2% of the population.]

More hate crimes were directed at Jews in 2017 than all other religious groups combined, according to FBI data released on Tuesday, despite the fact that Jews make up just two percent of the U.S. population.

That extended a dubious record, marking the 22nd year in a row that Jews have comprised the majority of anti-religious hate crimes, dating back to 1996, when the FBI began reporting such statistics.

In 2017, Jews accounted for 60 percent of all anti-religious hate crimes.

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During President Trump’s first year in office, there were 938 hate crimes directed at Jews, an increase of 37 percent over 2016. At the same time, the number of attacks on Muslims (the second most targeted group) declined 11 percent to 273 (after several years of increasing).

The news comes just weeks after the tragic shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 worshipers commemorating the Sabbath, though the attack will not be reflected in FBI data until the bureau releases its 2018 numbers a year from now.

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