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Anti-Muslim Hate Crime Rash Reported Around 9/11 Anniversary
Posted By Janet Smith On September 16, 2011 @ 11:29 am In Anti-Muslim, Hate Crime | 1 Comment
It wasn’t much of a surprise, after more than a year of heated anti-Muslim rhetoric, that the 10th anniversary of 9/11 last Sunday brought out some of the worst in American bigotry. Apparent hate crimes linked to the event have been reported in North Carolina, New York, Texas and California, and reports are still coming in.
Hate crimes directed at Muslims and Arabs shot up by more than 1,600% immediately after Al Qaeda’s attacks on Sept. 1, 2001, killed nearly 3,000 Americans in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. Between three and eight persons were murdered — the number remains in dispute — in hate killings in the aftermath of the attacks, several of them Sikhs apparently mistaken for Muslims. But anti-Muslim hate crimes dropped by almost two-thirds in 2002, in large part because President Bush repeatedly emphasized that Muslims and Arabs were not the enemy. Anti-Muslim hate crimes continued to diminish , to about one-fifth the 2001 level, until 2009, the latest year for which national hate crimes statistics are available.
In the last year, however, especially since the controversy over an Islamic center in lower Manhattan near the site of the World Trade Center attacks, propaganda from activists and politicians has vilified Muslims . More than a dozen states have taken up proposals to pass laws against the imposition of Islamic Shariah law  — laws that are completely unnecessary, given that the Constitution prohibits using foreign law, but that have had the effect of ginning up anger against Muslims.
Some of the recent hate attacks include:
At the same time, reports continue to emerge about the use of anti-Muslim propaganda in the training of FBI counterterrorism agents. Wired magazine reported Wednesday  that it had received a trove of instructional materials from an FBI whistleblower that said, among other things, that mainstream Muslims are likely to be terrorist sympathizers; that Mohammed was a “cult leader”; that the more “devout” a Muslim is, the more likely he is to be “violent.
Mike German, a former FBI agent who now works for the ACLU and who once infiltrated American radical-right groups, told Wired: “Seeing the materials the FBI agents are being trained with certainly helps explain why we’ve seen so many inappropriate FBI surveillance operations broadly targeting the Muslim-American community… . Biased police training can only result in biased policing.”
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 continued to diminish: http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2010/08/26/wave-of-hate-crimes-directed-at-muslims-breaks-out/
 propaganda from activists and politicians has vilified Muslims: http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2011/summer/jihad-against-islam
 laws against the imposition of Islamic Shariah law: http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2011/fall/as-muslim-bashing-propaganda-swells-sha
 set fire to a rural grocery store: http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20110913/NEWS/309120057/Fire-targeted-Sikh-owned-shop-Clay-County
 received a partially burned Koran: http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local/new_york&id=8352494
 went to a Houston bar called Petrol Station: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2037313/Texas-restaurant-Petrol-Station-writes-9-11-anniversary-message-Muslims-order.html
 hit a dry cleaning business: http://blogs.sacbee.com/crime/archives/2011/09/suspicious-fire-1.html
 double murder of two elderly Sikh men: http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2011/summer/two-sikhs-murdered-in-california-were
 reported Wednesday: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/09/fbi-muslims-radical/all/1