(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The number of anti-Muslim bias incidents in the United States saw a dramatic rise last year, according to a prominent Muslim advocacy group.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations said in a report released on Tuesday that the number of such incidents increased 57 percent in 2016.
A total of 2,213 anti-Muslim incidents were recorded across the country, up from 1,409 in 2015. There was also a 44 percent rise in hate crimes in the same period. Incidents had increased 5 percent in 2015 from the year before.
These included a wide range of bias incidents from repeated cases of arson attacks on mosques to street assaults and employment discrimination.
The council also reported an uptick in unwarranted contacts against Muslims by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
While CAIR had reported a rise in anti-Muslim incidents prior to Donald Trump's stunning rise in last year's presidential election, it said the acceleration was due in part to Trump's rhetoric against Muslims and immigrants.