(JNS.org) The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has questioned the validity of the FBI’s 2012 Hate Crime Statistics Act (HCSA) report, calling it “seriously flawed” for its incomplete numbers. According to the ADL, more than 25 percent of the nation’s law enforcement agencies failed to provide the FBI with hate crime statistics. “Due to a deeply disturbing trend of under-reporting and under-participation by law enforcement agencies, including more than a dozen of the largest agencies in the U.S., the 2012 Hate Crime Statistics Act report is seriously flawed,” Abraham Foxman, ADL national director, said in a statement.
Nevertheless, in the report, Jews remained by far the largest target of religiously motivated hate crimes. According to the FBI, 59.7 percent of all religious hate crimes in 2012 were anti-Jewish. But overall, hate crimes fell by seven percent from 6,222 incidents in 2011 to 5,796 in 2012.