The 2009 hate crime report released by the FBI Monday also showed that about slightly more than one-third of the 6,604 incidents were race related. There were 2,284 anti-black incidents, the FBI reported.
Despite concerns voiced by some Muslim groups that "Islamophobia" is on the rise and fueling anti-Muslim attacks, those fears were not demonstrated in the latest report. Of the 1,303 religion-related incidents, 931 were against Jews while 107 were called anti-Islamic.
The 2009 statistics mirror those of earlier years, in which anti-Jewish hate crimes far outpaced those against Muslims. In 2006, for example, there were 967 anti-Jewish incidents compared to 156 anti-Muslim crimes, FBI statistics showed.
There were about 8,300 hate crime victims in 2009, the FBI said, compared to 9,700 in 2008.