U.S. Muslims reported about 1,500 cases of hate crimes, unreasonable arrest, harassment and other alleged civil rights violations last year, a 50 percent increase over the previous year’s total, according to a report released yesterday by a major Islamic advocacy group. The Council on American-Islamic Relations attributed the jump, in part, to continued suspicions of Muslims and Arab Americans since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. But it said the rise also could reflect greater reporting of such incidents by Muslims. “You would figure, four years removed from a tragic event like 9/11, things would tend to normalize. Unfortunately, this report shows this is not the case yet,” said Arsalan Iftikhar, the group’s legal director. He said the Council on American-Islamic Relations received about 1,900 complaints of alleged abuses last year and found it could substantiate 1,522 of them. (MORE)


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