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(ENI)--Jews remained by far the greatest target of religious-based hate crimes in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. in 2004, according to a recently-released report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), division of the U.S. Dept. of Justice charged with investigating all violations of federal laws except those assigned to some other federal agency. .
The FBI recorded 1,374 incidents of religion-oriented hate crimes in 2004, and 954 of those were directed at Jews.
"This report always serves as a wake-up call that hate crime remains a national problem in America," said Barbara B. Balser, national chairperson of the Anti-Defamation League Anti-Defamation League
B’nai B’rith organization which fights anti-Semitism. [Am. Hist.: Wigoder, 33]
See : Anti-Semitism , a group which aims to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens.
The report from the FBI was based on data from 12,711 local law enforcement agencies A law enforcement agency (LEA) is a term used to describe any agency which enforces the law. This may be a local or state police, federal agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). nationwide, representing 86 per cent of the U.S. population. The data also indicated that crimes against Muslims have leveled off since a high point of 481 in 2001 following the Sept. 11 attacks. There have been around 150 anti-Islamic incidents in the past three years, according to the FBI.
The FBI report said that 57 incidents had been committed against Roman Catholics; 38 against Protestants; 156 against Muslims; 163 against other religions or religious groups and six against atheists or agnostics.