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Anti-Semitism in the United States: Statistics on Religious Hate Crimes

The following data about anti-Jewish and religiously-biased hate crimes in the United States has been exceprted from the annual Report on Hate Crimes released by the Uniform Crime Reporting Program of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

To read the full Hate Crime Reports, archived from 1996, click here.


In 2017, law enforcement agencies across the United States participating in the Hate Crimes Statistics program reported 7,175 hate crime incidents involving 8,437 offenses. The number of incidents increased from 6,121 in 2016 in part because more police departments reported data to the FBI.

Hate crimes motivated by religious bias accounted for 21.8% of incidents during 2017, involving 1,009 offenders and 1,749 victims.

A breakdown of the offenses shows that  60% of religious hate crimes were anti-Jewish, 17% were anti-Islamic and 5% were anti-Catholic. Anti-Semitic hate crimes increased 37% while anti-Islamic crimes declined by 11%.

The following table tracks hate crimes by religious bias as reported by U.S. law enforcement agencies since 1996.

Year

Incidents

Victims

Anti-Jewish

Anti-Islamic

Total Religious

Anti-Jewish

Anti-Islamic

2017 938 273 1,564 1,017 325

2016
 
684 307 1,273 862 388

2015

695

257

1,354

731

307

2014

609

154

1,014

648

184

2013

625

135

1,031

737

167

2012

674

130

1,099

836

155

2011

771

157

1,233

936

185

2010

887

160

1,322

1,040

197

2009

931

107

1,303

1,132

132

2008

1,013

105

1,519

1,145

130

2007

969

115

1,400

1,127

142

2006

967

156

1,462

1,144

208

2005

848

128

1,227

977

151

2004

954

156

1,374

1,076

201

2003

927

149

1,343

1,025

175

2002

931

155

1,426

1,084

174

2001

1,043

481

1,828

1,196

554

2000

1,109

28

1,472

1,269

36

1999

1,109

32

1,411

1,289

34

1998

1,081

21

1,390

1,235

23

1997

1,087

28

1,385

1,247

32

1996

1,109

27

1,401

1,209

33

* The term victim may refer to a person, business, institution, or society as a whole.

Full Hate Crime Reports


Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation