Jul 25, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Anti-Muslim hate crimes on the rise, advocacy group finds

Muslim leaders and allies across New York City held a rally and march against Islamophobia.

Muslim leaders and allies across New York City held a rally and march against Islamophobia in Times Square in 2019. Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images

Cases of discrimination and harassment against Muslim Americans spiked in May and June, according to a report published by the Council of American-Islamic Relations.

Why it matters: CAIR, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, typically publishes an annual report documenting anti-Muslim bias incidents but elected to release a mid-year report given the recent spike.

  • The report, which was released on Wednesday, concentrates on 38 of the hundreds of cases CAIR has documented, the organization said in a news release.
  • According to the group, the report aims to provide "a glimpse of the day-to-day lives of Muslims in America who continue to face the deadly threat of Islamophobia."

Details: The mid-year report documented a surge in anti-Muslim hate crimes following the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in May. The group also noted a rise in anti-mosque incidents involving vandalism and physical assaults.

  • The report found that bullying against Muslim students continues to rise at a rapid rate, highlighting an instance where a Muslim child was allegedly called a terrorist by his teacher.

What they're saying: "Islamophobia should not be normal. I can tell you that many Muslims around this country and around the world, those who live as minorities, they started to feel that Islamophobia is part of normal life. It should not be, and we should not accept it," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad, per the news release.

  • "Islamophobia is a danger and threat not only to Muslims but to all our societies and the peace of our communities," he added.
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