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Anti-Muslim hate crimes rose 57% in 2016, new report says

  • When members of the Islamic Community of Fort Pierce, Florida, woke up to their mosque set ablaze on Sept. 12, 2016, they witnessed their mosque become a part of a staggering statistic.
  • The Florida mosque became one of 2,213 anti-Muslim incidents in the United States in 2016, according to a Council of American Islamic Relations civil rights report released Tuesday.
  • The report, titled The Empowerment of Hate, found that the number of anti-Muslim bias incidents rose 57%, up from 1,409 reported number of incidents in 2015. From 2014 to 2015, incidents rose 5%. For incidents reported as “hate crimes,” CAIR reported a 44% increase from 2015 to 2016. Read more (5/9/17)

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The Florida mosque where Pulse shooter attended was set on fire on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Members of the Islamic community in Fort Pierce, Florida, woke up to find that their local mosque had been set on fire overnight in the early hours of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, a four-day festival that started on Monday and signals the end of the pilgrimage to Mecca.

Omar Mateen, the gunman who killed 49 clubgoers at Pulse nightclub in June, worshipped at the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce before his death in June. Surveillance video revealed exactly how the fire was started.

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