The Council on American-Islamic Relations attributed the jump, in part, to continued suspicions of Muslims and Arab Americans since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. But it said the rise also could reflect greater reporting of such incidents by Muslims.
The FBI has not yet published statistics on hate crimes for 2004, but tallied 149 such incidents allegedly aimed at American Muslims in 2003. It had many more reports of hate crimes against Jews that year -- 927.
The Justice Department has said it has not singled out Muslims for prosecution. A spokesman, Eric Holland, said the department had investigated more than 650 "backlash" crimes against Muslims and Arabs since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, resulting in about 170 prosecutions by state, local and federal authorities.
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