Civil rights violations targeting Bay Area Muslims spiked last year, ranging from schoolyard taunts to deadly assaults, to routine citizenship applications strangled by government red tape.

Reports more than doubled from 2005 to 2006, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The nonprofit organization documented 246 incidents in 2006, up from 113 in 2005.

The Bay Area numbers reflect national numbers, which show episodes of anti-Muslim bias jumping 25 percent. California accounted for nearly one-third of all the complaints.

The report chronicles verbal and physical harassment and circumstances in which Muslims were singled out for questioning, subjected to lengthy delays in immigration or naturalization or otherwise discriminated against. The venues ranged from airports and government agencies to schools, work places and mosques.

And cyberspace.

An e-mail from an angry Danville man to an East Bay blogger triggered one of the complaints.

“Hey, (expletive) bag, get the (expletive) out of my country,” it read. “If I run across you in my daily tasks, I will get you.”

Twenty-four hours and plenty of dialogue later, the Danville man apologized.


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