FACT CHECKING THE NEW ISLAMOPHOBIA INFLATION HOAX REPORT
Anti-Muslim hate crimes are up, right? Well, maybe. But hate crime hoaxes are up. And they're being reported as actual hate crimes.
According to Daniel Greenfield:
An Islamophobia hoax doesn’t get any more discredited than the Seweid case. But Islamophobia hoaxes never die. They’re rolled into hate crime statistics and reports even when they are completely false.
"Reported anti-Muslim hate incidents, rhetoric rose in year after election, report finds," NBC News claims. Like The Nation, Think Progress and a variety of other sites, it's touting a report by South Asian Americans Leading Together or SAALT.
The SAALT report, “Communities on Fire,” fits into an annual media tradition. Every year, fake statistics are used to inflate the Islamophobia threat. And the media reports every year that Islamophobia is getting worse. The statistical gimmicks of Islamophobia inflation vary from the clever to the terrible.
The Southern Poverty Law Center hit a new low when it claimed that the “number of anti-Muslim hate groups increased almost three-fold in 2016” by counting 45 chapters of Act for America as separate organizations after counting them as one in 2015. Another report documented a 66% increase when 6 cases increased to 10. But the SAALT report’s listing of discredited hoaxes is even more outrageous.
Even though the report was issued now, its list of incidents includes the Seweid case. “Three drunk white men repeatedly screamed ‘Donald Trump!’ and hurled anti-Islam slurs at a Muslim Baruch College student, Yasmin Seweid, before trying to rip her hijab off on an East Side subway.”
And that’s far from the only hoax on the SAALT list.
In Ann Arbor, MI, the SAALT report claims, “A man approached a Muslim student and threatened to set her on fire with a lighter unless she removed her hijab.”
That story was also a hoax.
“Following a thorough investigation, detectives have determined the incident in question did not occur," the Ann Arbor Police Department stated.
These weren’t just hoaxes. They were hoaxes from over a year ago. And SAALT still included them.
And yes, there are more.
Finally, don't forget that in trying to make Muslims into victims, people are ignoring the fact that according to FBI statistics, at almost 55%, anti-Semitism is the cause of most religiously-based hate crimes.