The data released Monday by the federal law enforcement agency show there were 684 anti-Semitic hate crime incidents a year ago, a 3 percent increase from the 664 recorded by the FBI in 2015. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation data, there were 6,100 reported hate crimes in 2016, up from 5,800 incidents in 2015 and 5,400 incidents in 2014.
Eighteen hate crimes were reported in South Dakota previous year, with the bulk of victims targeted for their race or ethnicity or sexual orientation.
Anti-transgender hate crime jumped by 44 percent, anti-Arab incidents surged by 38 percent, anti-Muslim hate crime rose 19.5 percent, anti-white hate crime increased 17.5 percent, and anti-Latino hate-motivated incidents jumped by 15 percent. Hate crime victims can be individuals, businesses, government entities, religious organizations, or society as whole, and they can be committed against persons, property, or society.
Furthermore, there were another 7,321 related offenses stemming from bias against race, religion, sexual orientation, and other traits.
"It's deeply disturbing to see hate crimes increase for the second year in a row", said Jonathan Greenblatt, national director and CEO of the Anti-Defamation League. But the number of anti-black crimes remained about even with the number reported in 2015. So far for 2017, CAIR has recorded 195 anti-Muslim hate crimes. Anti-white incidents increased from 613 incidents in 2015 to 720 incidents in 2016.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the task force he appointed on crime reduction is exploring ways to revise training for police and prosecutors, and to improve data collection on hate crimes. But incidents motivated by anti-Muslim bias saw the greatest increase out of religion-motivated crimes.
They also rose steadily quarter by the quarter past year to hit 1,747 in the final three months of 2016. One in 6 people were also targeted due to their sexual orientation, the report said.
"No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe, of how they worship", said Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a statement after the report was published on November 13, The Washington Post reports.