(PatriotWise.com) – The FBI’s most recent annual report indicates a decline in violence against Jews, contrary to claims made by Jewish watchdog organizations that anti-Semitic hate crimes have reached all-time highs over the last two years.
At a time when the American Jewish community is dealing with an unprecedented wave of anti-Semitism, the FBI’s 2021 findings, which were published at the end of last year, have given rise to accusations that the federal law enforcement agency is inflating these statistics. Congress is being urged by at least one watchdog group to look into how and why the FBI underreported anti-Jewish hate crimes.
Kenneth L. Marcus, chairman of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, a watchdog organization that fights anti-Jewish prejudice, said it is appalling that the FBI’s data-gathering has been so badly botched at a time of record anti-Semitic hate crimes.
“At a time when we most need the data, this massive failure has called into question the goals of the hate crime statistics. Marcus said that if the FBI doesn’t resolve this issue immediately, congressional committees must make some crucial inquiries.
Marcus claimed that new reporting procedures that excluded data from organizations typically included in the federal agency’s yearly assessment made the FBI’s 2021 statistics on hate crimes against Jews “essentially useless.” Although the FBI claims to the contrary, organizations like the Anti-Defamation League assert that 2021 saw the highest levels of anti-Semitic violence ever recorded. According to a report published by the Jewish advocacy group AMCHA Initiative last year, attacks on Jewish students’ identities and property more than doubled in the academic years 2021 and 2022.
According to Marcus, an attorney and former staff director of the US Commission on Civil Rights, the FBI’s inaccurate reporting is likely to lead to congressional oversight.
Marcus expressed his optimism that the FBI and Department of Justice would independently handle the situation’s cleanup. But if the DOJ and the FBI don’t fix the issue by making the public aware of updated and accurate data, we shouldn’t be shocked if Congress gets involved.
The FBI acknowledged that the 2021 report lacked data from numerous national agencies. The spokesperson attributed this error to a change in how statistics are gathered. Many law enforcement agencies could not submit their data on hate crimes in time for the FBI to include it in the most recent report due to this change.
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