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Using data from the beginning of the year through November 6, showed there have been more hate crimes in 2016 in NY compared to all of 2015.

"It confirms what we've been seeing on the ground since late past year - a spike in hate crimes against Muslims", said Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, an advocacy group. During the last half a decade, though, he says he's watched as hate crimes against Muslims spiked.

Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University in San Bernardino, said many large cities and states reported suspiciously low numbers to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The FBI defines a hate crime as a "criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender's bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity".

Center employees are collecting data on hate incidents from news media reports, social media postings and direct submissions by victims and witnesses. "In the week following Donald Trump's election, there has been a sharp spike in reports of racist and anti-Semitic graffiti and vandalism, including widespread use of swastikas and other Nazi imagery", the ADL wrote on its blog.

Oren Segal, the director of the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism, believes it's too early to tell if reports are higher than normal because incidents are happening more frequently or because people are simply more aware of them.

Jewish New Jersey residents reported the most religiously motivated bias crimes at 113, Islamic residents reported 14 and other religions reported a total of six.

"A lot of agencies just submit a piece of paper saying they had no hate crimes", added Levin, noting that the vast majority of police and sheriff's departments reported no hate crimes previous year.

Police officials believe the increase in hate related crimes in NY this year is tied to the volatile and rhetoric surrounding the presidential election.

"This unprecedented increase in bigotry of all kinds must be repudiated in the strongest terms possible by all our nation's leaders, beginning with President-elect Donald Trump", McCaw said.

The AP also failed to note that Americans of Middle Eastern descent saw far fewer hate crimes in 2015 than other races/eternities with 47 offenses reported by law enforcement. It is critical that all people of good will push back against those who feel emboldened by the results of our presidential election to spread hate. If it, if it helps, I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: "Stop it".

Last year, ADL announced the formation of a new campaign to improve legal response to hate crimes across the United States.


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