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    Hate crimes, undifferentiated, are part of the general category within which anti-Semitic complaints are filed. The hate crime rate went up in 2006 even as, according the ADL data, anti-Semitic incidents declined. This seems to note that it's possible for generic hate crimes to go up while anti-Semitism goes down. I'll note that the ADL data is older, so it's possible this year has seen a surge in anti-Semitic incidents in NYC.

    Additionally, the methodology for gathering these stats is questionable. The ADL has incidents going down from 2005 to 2006, the FBI has them going up (see below for partial stats). I don't see why the ADL would underplay the issue, so I trust their stats more, but I don't know what's going on.

    I'll also note that hate crime states, in NYC and elsewhere, include all sorts of groups. For instance, from 2005 to 2006, in the 2006 FBI report: "anti-black incidents [were] up 0.4%; anti-white up 7.5%; anti-Jewish up 14%; anti-heterosexual up 24%; and anti-Catholic up 31%." [American Thinker]. So when Hikind notes an increase in hate crime reporting it's impossible to know what the breakdown is. Perhaps it's WASPs who are reporting more hate crimes!  

    I don't know. And again, hate crimes -- against any group -- aren't a new phenomenon. The point is merely that implying America is "becoming" more anti-Semitic because of the issues discussed in the GOP primary season is sloppy and without merit.

    The connection between GOP message and increasing anti-Latino incidents, though, I think that might be arguable. But that's a topic for a different diary.

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      is that the hero in the story being Muslim - fitting the current "war on terror" enemy profile - is risking his life to help Jews whom he knows to be Jews - who are often seen as the Enemy to "Islamists" - and "Islamist" is often interpreted "Muslim".

      So this story bashes entrenched prejudices that are particularly trumpeted by Bush et al to drum up support for his war agenda. Also, I think this could have happened in places other than New York, although I admit to having very outstandingly good experiences in New York in terms of kindness and helpfulness.

      There is much cooperation between Muslim and Jewish groups in this country that doesn't get to the press, although it's not as great or impressive a story as this.

      "Empathy is the most radical of human emotions." Gloria Steinem

      by thinkbridge on Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 09:01:44 PM PST

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