The Anti-Defamation League welcomed an FBI report showing a decrease in hate crimes over the past 10 years but said there were still “far too many” such crimes.
There were 6,222 hate crimes reported during 2011, according to the report released Monday. The year 2000 showed slightly more than 8,000 hate crimes.
The 2011 figure was a 6 percent decrease from 2010 and the least number of such crimes reported since 1994.
In October, the ADL repoted in its annual audit that anti-Semitic incidents in the United States in 2011 had decreased by 13 percent, with 1,080 incidents, compared with 1,239 in 2010.
In the FBI report, crimes listed “anti-Jewish” as the motivation also fell, to 771 reported last year from the 1,109 in 2000.
The ADL called it the “single most important snapshot” of violent bigotry in the country.
“Yet, 6,222 reported hate crimes -- about one every 90 minutes of every day -- is far too many,” the ADL statement said. “Jews and Jewish institutions continued to be principle targets, accounting for 63 percent of all religion-based hate crimes in 2011 -- showing, once again, that anti-Semitism is still a serious and deeply entrenched problem in America.”
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