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>> From a black student's stab to death just days before his college graduation, to a bombing at a Minnesota mosque. Alleged hate crimes in the United States in 2017 jumped 17% from the previous year, with a huge spike in anti-Semitic attacks, according to FBI data released Tuesday. There were a total of 7,175 hate crime incidents in 2017 according to the bureau's annual report.
Anti-Semitic attacks jumped to 37% with 938 in 2017 up from 684 in 2016. The report comes just weeks after a gunman burst into a Pittsburgh Synagogue and shot dead 11 worshipers while shouting, quote, all Jews must die. It was the worst attack on America's Jewish community. The massacre fueled a debate ahead of the midterm elections over President Trump's inflammatory political rhetoric, with critics saying Trump's words have fomented a surge in right-wing extremism and may even helped provoke the bloodshed at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue.
The Trump administration has rejected these notions. Following the FBI report, acting the Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said in a statement that hate crimes were, quote, dispeakable violations of America's values. And he was particularly troubled by the increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes. Of the more than 6,000 known offenders in the report, 50% were white and 21% were black.