According to the media, discrimination cases against Muslims in the US state of New Jersey saw a 46% increase in 2022 from the previous year, according to a report released Tuesday by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
CAIR-NJ said in its 52-page report, titled “Beyond the Courts,” that they received 152 calls for help in 2022, up from 104 in 2021.
According to the report, the complaints involved various forms of discrimination, with 22.4% of cases related to employment, 17.8% coming from schools, and 11.8% related to hate and bias.
“While it is true that the tragic events of September 11, 2001, shot Muslims into the international spotlight overnight, structural anti-Muslim rhetoric and bigotry and the resulting violence have long preceded the events of 9/11,” said the report authored by CAIR-NJ.
CAIR last month released a report covering nationwide incidents of civil rights complaints by Muslim Americans in 2022 which revealed a 23% decrease.
The Muslim advocacy group received 5,156 complaints nationwide in 2022, down from 6,720 complaints in 2021.
CAIR noted that it is also the first recorded decline since they started tracking such data in 1995.