o For 2005, the FBI report on bias attacks indicates that 68.5% were anti-Jewish as opposed to only 11.1% were anti-Islamic. Jews are far and away the group that is in greater danger from bias attacks and more in need of protectionMere Rhetoric links to an article that shows that both CAIR--and Noam Chomsky--are wrong about the extent of Anti-Jewish and Anti-Muslim attacks in England as well:
o For 2004, the FBI report indicated that 67.8% of bias attacks were anti-Jewish while 12.7% showed anti-Islamic bias. While anti-Jewish bias attacks were slightly up--anti-Islamic attacks actually went down.
Jewish people are four times more likely to be attacked because of their religion than Muslims, according to figures compiled by the police.
One in 400 Jews compared to one in 1,700 Muslims are likely to be victims of "faith hate" attacks every year. The figure is based on data collected over three months in police areas accounting for half the Muslim and Jewish populations of England and Wales. The crimes range from assault and verbal abuse to criminal damage at places of worship.
Police forces started recording the religion of faith-hate crime victims only this year. They did so on the instruction of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), which wanted a clear picture of alleged community tensions around the country, following reports of Muslims being attacked after September 11 and the July 7 London bombings last year.
However, the first findings, for July to September, obtained by The Sunday Telegraph under freedom of information legislation, show that it is Jews who are much more likely to be targeted because of their religion.
The situation in England seems more precarious for Jews than here in the US due to the apparent complacency of the legal system there:
The CPS report revealed that not a single person accused of an anti-Semitic crime had been prosecuted on a charge of religiously aggravated offending. It said: "The police statistics include incidents where no defendant has been identified or where there is insufficient evidence for a prosecution."A report by MPs in September said British Jews were more vulnerable to attack and abuse now than for a generation.Maybe it's time the needs of the real victims of bias attacks was addressed.
Are you listening, Congressman Conyers?
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