A recent report released by the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has shed light on a concerning trend: a 46% increase in anti-Muslim incidents in the state of New Jersey, USA, during the year 2022 compared to the previous year.
The comprehensive 52-page report, compiled by CAIR, highlights a significant rise in discriminatory acts against Muslims, with a total of 152 complaints registered last year, compared to 104 complaints in 2021.
According to the report, approximately 22.4% of the complaints were related to employment issues, while around 18.4% encompassed criminal law, immigration law, divorce and family law, and financial assistance matters.
Additionally, the report reveals that approximately 17.8% of the complaints were linked to schools, including cases of bullying, bias, mistreatment, as well as curriculum-related issues and denials of religious accommodations.
It is important to note that these figures represent reported incidents and provide an insight into the broader landscape of anti-Muslim sentiment and bias in New Jersey. The report seeks to raise awareness about the pressing issue and address the dangerous narratives and misleading campaigns that perpetuate prejudice and contribute to acts of violence against Muslims.
The report also draws attention to the fact that anti-Muslim discourse and bigotry were present long before the tragic events of September 11, 2001, emphasizing the need for concerted efforts to counter these harmful attitudes.
The findings serve as a reminder of the importance of promoting tolerance, understanding, and inclusivity within society, while combating discrimination in all its forms. The hope is that by raising awareness and addressing the underlying causes, steps can be taken to foster a more accepting and harmonious community.
Source: Various media and online sources.