News in Brief

Axe-wielding Palestinian killed by Israeli troops

A Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli security forces in a suspected terror attack in the northern West Bank yesterday morning. Four Israeli Shin Bet officers were lightly wounded in the incident. According to the Shin Bet, a Palestinian vehicle rammed head-on into the jeep carrying four Shin Bet officials on the road between the Shavei Shomron and Einav settlements, causing it to overturn and lightly wounding the four passengers. The Palestinian driver, thought to be a resident of Tul Karm, then stepped out of the car and headed toward the jeep, threatening the Shin Bet officers with an axe while screaming "Allahu akhbar" ("God is great" ), the Shin Bet said. The man managed to wound two security officers before being shot dead. (Gili Cohen)

The state comptroller's report on the Harpaz affair, involving a forged document that falsely implicated Defense Minister Ehud Barak in planning a mudslinging campaign against former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi, was issued yesterday to those accused of involvement in the scandal. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other high-ranking officials also received copies. The Shin Bet security service and select divisions of the military and Defense Ministry are going over the report to determine which parts should be classified. The Supreme Court has issued a gag order banning publication of the findings. (Gili Cohen )

Amos Oz, daughter's book ranks No. 1 on Amazon

"Jews and Words," by leading Israeli novelist Amos Oz and his daughter, historian Fania Oz-Salzberger, is ranked No. 1 in the cultural anthropology and social history sections of the online bookseller Amazon as of yesterday. The book, which was published in the United States on November 20 and describes the importance of language throughout Jewish history, ranks No. 175 overall. Unusually for Oz, this book was originally written in English. It will be published in Israel in several months, after being translated into Hebrew. (Maya Sela)

German historian wins Yad Vashem prize for Lithuania Holocaust research

German historian Christoph Dieckmann will receive Yad Vashem's international book prize for Holocaust research on Monday for his book on the Holocaust in Lithuania. "German Occupation Policies in Lithuania, 1941-1944," which was published in German last year, is "the most comprehensive research written about the Holocaust in Lithuania," said Dan Michman, who heads the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. (Avner Shapira )

Trumpeter Erik Truffaz to play Eilat jazz festival

Celebrated French jazz trumpeter Erik Truffaz and Stanley Clarke, an American bassist and composer who has won several Grammy awards, are scheduled to perform at the upcoming Red Sea Winter Jazz Festival, which will take place January 17-19 in Eilat. The festival will feature six jazz bands from abroad and three Israeli ones. (Ben Shalev)

Ido Tadmor dances off with two choreography prizes in Lodz

Israeli dancer and choreographer Ido Tadmor won the audience choice award at the International Sergei Diaghilev Competition of Choreographic Art in Lodz, Poland, this week. He also won an honorary prize from a panel of expert journalists for the dance "The Empty Room." "The victory was significant, because despite the difficult way in which Israel is seen outside the country, there was victory," said Tadmor. (Shir Hacham)