Racist incidents declined considerably in 2016, and last year 950 acts were recorded, a drop of 16 percent.
However, violent acts targeting minorities increased, from 67 to 72 against Muslims and from 77 to 97 against Jews, the report said.
The ministry’s figures for attacks on religious sites painted a mixed picture.
For the first time since 2008, such attacks have decreased overall, down 7.5 percent from 2016.
Christian sites, the most heavily targeted, saw a 7.5 percent drop to 878 incidents, and attacks on Muslim sites fell 15 percent to 72.
But Jewish sites saw a 22 percent spike in attacks — even though the total number was relatively low at 28.
Odd that no figure for violent attacks on Christians is provided.