There Are More Anti-Muslim Incidents In The U.S. Than Ever Before: Report

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights group, obtained extra complaints of anti-Muslim incidents in 2023 than it has in some other yr because it started recording instances 30 years in the past.

The group obtained 8,061 complaints nationwide, in line with a report revealed Tuesday, “Fatal: The Resurgence of Anti-Muslim Hate.” CAIR documented 5,156 complaints in 2022 and 6,720 in 2021, which was the earlier report.

CAIR information quite a lot of incidents, together with hate crimes and employment and training discrimination.

Nearly half of the 2023 complaints ― 3,578 ― had been reported within the final three months of the yr, which the report notes factors to the battle in Gaza as the first driver behind the dramatic enhance in anti-Muslim sentiment. After Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7, killing roughly 1,200 folks and taking 250 hostages, Israeli forces launched a full-scale assault within the Gaza Strip, killing practically 33,000 Palestinians to this point, in line with the Health Ministry in Gaza.

Since then, Muslim and Palestinian Americans have confronted extreme backlash. In Vermont, three Palestinian college students had been shot whereas on a stroll, an incident the state’s legal professional in Burlington known as “a hateful act.” In Illinois, a 6-year-old Palestinian American boy was stabbed to dying and his mom was hospitalized in a hate crime by their landlord, who was angered over the Israel-Hamas battle. In February, a passerby tried to tear away a Palestinian keffiyeh scarf hanging out of a automobile window and stabbed a Palestinian American man.

The wave of Islamophobia that has taken place since Oct. 7 is even better than the one the U.S. noticed after then-President Donald Trump carried out his Muslim journey ban in 2017.

The report notes that anti-Arab and anti-Palestinian racism just isn’t synonymous with Islamophobia however says that “Muslim and Arab identities have long been conflated, particularly by those who seek to villainize both, making anti-Muslim hate part and parcel of anti-Arab, and specifically, anti-Palestinian racism.”

After the battle started in October, employment discrimination, hate crimes and training discrimination had been the three highest classes of Islamophobia, making up 44% of the whole complaints obtained. In 2023, CAIR recorded 607 studies of hate incidents, up from 117 in 2022.

Activists, college students and on a regular basis folks throughout the nation reported being intimidated, harassed or doxxed for his or her pro-Palestine activism. College college students, notably Arabs and Muslims, mentioned they felt unsafe and unsupported by their universities. Some mentioned they’ve misplaced their jobs over their social media posts.

“The campaign of anti-Muslim bigotry and anti-Palestinian racism that has emerged to target really all and any support of Palestinian human rights from October to the present day has significantly affected the safety of American Muslims, Arabs and Palestinian communities across the United States,” mentioned Farah Afify, CAIR’s analysis and advocacy coordinator.

Muslim and Arab teams throughout the nation have criticized the White House for not calling for a cease-fire in Gaza, in addition to for not forcefully calling out the human rights violations in opposition to Palestinians by Israeli forces and the following bigotry that has been seen within the U.S. During the Democratic main season, many Muslim and Arab voters have opted to decide on “uncommitted” on their ballots fairly than vote for President Joe Biden.

“This wave of Islamophobia that we’re seeing right now is just a precursor. We have a choice of either quietly accepting the people we picked to represent us endorsing this kind of garbage, or we can as a nation decide to call them out for it,” mentioned Corey Saylor, CAIR’s analysis and advocacy director.

Anti-Muslim bigotry will seemingly worsen if Democrats don’t push for significant modifications in Gaza and make amends with Muslim and Arab teams within the U.S.

“Political leaders have to come out forcefully, not just against Islamophobia and against anti-Palestinian racism, but also to come out forcefully for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza so that the lives of Muslims Arabs and Palestinians across the world can be protected,” Afify mentioned.