Study Shows Sharp Increase in Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes in 2003

July 26, 2004

Source: Tallahassee Democrat

Wire Service: AP

On July 26, 2004 Tallahassee Democrat reported, "The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington, D.C.-based Islamic civil-rights group, said there were more than 1,000 incidents of harassment or hate crimes against Muslims last year, up from about 600 in 2002.

CAIR officials say such anti-Muslim incidents are likely to be higher this year, but they won't have any statistics until later. The CAIR Florida office said 32 incidents have occurred in the state this year... Recent incidents in Florida and elsewhere include death threats, physical and verbal assaults, hate mail, arsons, and vandalism of mosques, Islamic schools and cultural centers."