News in Brief

Palestinians fired four Qassam rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip yesterday. One of the missiles landed by a western Negev kibbutz, causing damage to a local health clinic and houses. Nobody was wounded in the incident. A second rocket landed in an open field near the kibbutz. Palestinians also launched two other rockets toward Ashkelon earlier in the day. One was fired from the northern Gaza Strip and landed in an open field outside the city. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attacks, and said they had been fired in response to the excavations Israel is carrying out near the Mugrabi Gate. (Mijal Grinberg)

The Knesset Ethics Committee elected not to take punitive measures against MK Azmi Bishara (Balad) for directing an obscenity at MK Gilad Erdan (Likud) during a recent meeting of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. The committee accepted Bishara's apology and his explanation that he told Erdan to "go f*** yourself" because he thought that his colleague had said the same thing to him. (Gideon Alon)

Prof. Zvi Hashin of Tel Aviv University was awarded the Israel Prize for research in engineering. Education Minister Yuli Tamir announced the prize yesterday. In explaining its decision, the judging panel, headed by Prof. Gideon Dagan, described Hashin as a "leading Israeli researcher in materials engineering and one of the most prominent in the world, which has become an important area of engineering science." Hashin, 78, received degrees from the Technion and the Sorbonne and taught in Harvard, among other institutions abroad. He was one of the founders of TAU's engineering school. (Or Kashti)

A Hadera resident was killed in a work accident yesterday at the CaesarStone factory in Sdot Yam. According to an initial investigation, the man, who was 50 and married with four children, was hit by a heavily loaded forklift. The accident is being investigated jointly by the police and the Labor Ministry. In another work accident yesterday, two men from the village of Ayalot sustained light and moderate injuries when a wall in the Haifa apartment they were renovating collapsed on them. (Fadi Eyadat)

The Justice Ministry has recommended that commercial companies and governmental bodies be prohibited from selling personal information in databases in their possession. This was one of the recommendations made by a group assigned to make recommendations on legislating privacy issues. It also recommended requiring database owners to notify customers in the event of a compromise of their privacy. (Yuval Yoaz)