A NEW REPORT published by Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding has documented an upsurge in violence against Muslims in the United States coinciding with the 2016 election campaign. The major uptick in hate crimes dates back toward the end of 2015, which corresponds with Donald Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States — but also with other possibly inciting factors such as the San Bernardino shooting and intensified political debate over the Syrian refugee c

The FBI has not released its own figures for anti-Muslim hate crimes in 2015. But in recent months a number of government officials and civil society leaders have raised the possibility that the incendiary tone of the election could lead to violence. In President Barack Obama’s first visit to a mosque earlier this year, he too cited the potential dangers posed by statements and proposals being made by many GOP presidential candidates. Referring to the “inexcusable political rhetoric” that has characterized the campaign, Obama said that it was no surprise that “threats and harassment of Muslim Americans have surged.”

The report cites 180 reported incidents of anti-Muslim violence during the period between March 2015 to March 2016. Among these were 12 murders; 34 physical assaults; 56 acts of vandalisms or destruction of property; 9 arsons; and 8 shootings and bombings.

When Islamophobia Turns Violent – Georgetown Univ Report


Read the complete Article from Murtaza Hussain at The Intercept – Source: Hate Crimes Rise Along With Donald Trump’s Anti-Muslim Rhetoric