(CNSNews.com) - Jews were more than twice as likely as Muslims to be targeted by hate crimes in the United States, according to newly released data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The FBI counted 7,509 victims of single-bias hate crimes in 2016, the majority (58.9 percent) involving the victim's race, ethnicity or ancesty.
Another 21.1 percent of victims were targeted because of their religion; and of those 1,584 victims of anti-religious hate crimes, 862 (or 54.4 percent) stemmed from the offenders' bias against Jews.
Next up was Muslims: 388 or 24.5 percent were victims of anti-Islamic or Muslim bias, the FBI reported on Monday.
So Jews were more than twice as likely as Muslims to be targeted by hate crimes in 2016.
Another 4.1 percent of victims were targeted because of anti-Catholic bias, while 2.5 percent of of victims were Christian.
The FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program says the victim of a hate crime may be an individual, a business or financial institution, a government entity, a religious organization, or society/public as a whole.
According to FBI data for 2015, the victims of single-bias hate crime incidents broke down as follows:
-- 58.9 percent or 4,426 of the victims were targeted because of the offenders’ bias against race/ethnicity/ancestry.
-- 21.1 percent or 1,584 were victimized because of bias against religion.
-- 16.7 percent or 1,255 were targeted because of bias against sexual orientation.
-- 1.7 percent or 131 were victims of gender-identity bias.
-- 1.0 percent or 77 were targeted because of bias against disability.
-- 0.5 percent or 36 individuals were victims of gender bias: 26 were categorized as anti-female, and 10 were categorized as anti-male.
Of those targeted because of their race/ethnicity/ancestry, 50.2 percent were victims of crimes motivated by anti-Black or African-American bias; 20.5 percent were victims of anti-white bias; and 10.9 percent were victims of anti-Hispanic or Latino bias.
And of the 1,255 victims targeted because of sexual-orientation bias, 62.7 percent were victims of crimes motivated by their offenders’ anti-gay (male) bias; and 21.6 percent were victims of anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (mixed group) bias.
Of the 131 victims of gender-identity bias, 111 were victims of anti-transgender bias and 20 were victims of anti-gender non-conforming bias.
The full report is found here.