Attacks on U.S. Muslims Increased in 2003

A Muslim civil rights group, Council on American-Islamic Relations (Cair), has issued a report on attacks on U.S. Muslims this past year, and says they reached a record number:

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (Cair) said it received 1,019 claims of physical and verbal abuse, up from 602 the previous year. It said Muslims were harassed at work, in schools and in their communities.

Fears of terror attacks after 11 September 2001 and the Iraq conflict contributed to the increase, it said. The Cair also blamed what it called Muslim-bashing in the US media and the misapplication of the country's anti-terrorism bill, known as the Patriot Act.

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