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PAGE 8A Sharansky: Women saying . Kaddish at Western Wall won't be arrested JERUSALEM (JTA)--Wom- en who recite the Mourner's Kaddish at the Western Wall will not be arrested, Jew- ish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky said he has been assured, despite a police vow to enforce a ban. Jerusalem police Commis- sioner Yossi Pariente in a letter sent April 4 to Women of the Wall Chairwoman Anat Hoff- man said he would enforce the Justice Ministry!s strict inter- pretation of a Supreme Court ruling prohibiting women from violating the traditional practices at the site, which is overseen by haredi Orthodox officials. The letter said the ban on women saying the Mourner's Kaddish and other prayers at the WeStern Wall would be enforced. Later in the day, however, Sharansky said in a statement that Rabbi Shmuel Rabinow- itz, chairman of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, assured him during a meeting that contrary tothe letter, no woman would be arrested for reciting Kaddish at the West- ern Wall. Sharansky, at Prime Min- ister Benjamin Netanyahu's request, is in the final stages of drafting recommendations to decrease tensions at the Wall and ensure that all Jew can pray in a comfortable manner at the site. Women of the Wall has held a prayer service at the holy site, known as the Kotel in Hebrew, almost every month for the past two decades. The service is held on Rosh Chodesh, the first day of the new Hebrew month, at the back of the women's section. Rockets fired on Israel from Gaza JERUSALEM (JTA)--A rocket fired from Gaza struck southern Israel, the third consecutive day that rockets have been fired at Israel from the coastal strip. Several rockets were fired from Gaza on April 4; only one landed in an open area in southern Israel. The rest ex- ploded within Gaza's borders. No damage or injuries were reported. HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 12, 2013 Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA A kindergarden in Sderot, a discovered on April 2when the On April 3, two rockets fired from Gaza landed near Sderot as schoolchildren were returning from the Passover break. The attacks came after Israel the previous night struck what the military called "two extensive terror sites" in the northern Gaza Strip, following the firing of three mortar shells on Israel from Gaza on April 2. Four rockets also were fired on Israel during President Obama's visit last month. One was found April 2 crashed into the roof of a kindergarten building. Computer virus attacks Israeli Faeebook users JERUSALEM (JTA)--Acom- putervirus attacked thousands oflsraeli Facebooksubscribers days before a threatened mass Flash90 southern Israeli town, was hit by a racket from Gaza in late March. The rocket hit was teacher arrived following the Passover break. ing to reports. Kamm sues Haaretz news- paper for exposing her as source JERUSALEM (JTA) Anat Kamm, the Israeli soldier who was jailed for turning classified Israeli military documents over to a reporter, is suing the Israeli daily Haaretz and journalist Uri Blau for reveal- ing her identity. Kamm filed a lawsuit April 4 with the Tel Aviv District Court, asking for $7 !6,000 and lawyer's fees. She reportedly claims that Haaretz exposed her to Shin Bet scrutiny and criminal proceedings, and thus owes her the compensation. , She was convicted in Feb- ruary 2011 of collecting, holding and passing on clas- cyberattackonIsraeliwebsites..-sified information without authorization An espionage charge was dropped as part of a plea bargain. Arrested in late 2009 or early 2010, Kamm admitted to stealing-about 2,000 docu- ments, hundreds identified as classified or top secret, which she downloaded to two discs, while serving her mandatory military service in the Israeli army in the Central Command. She gave the information to Blau, a Haaretz reporter who wrote stories based on the in- formation thatwas approved by the military censor. The stories led to asearch for Blau's source. Blau served a four-m0nth suspended prison sentence, which he served through com- munity service, for accepting the information, Following her military ser- vice, Kamm was a media reporter for Walla, an online news site that at the time was partly owned by Haaretz. She ha been in the Neve Tirzah women's prison since Novem- ber 2011. Dutch Jewish museum wins national popularity contest THE HAGUE (JTA)--Hol- land's Jewish Historical Mu- seum won a $130,000 prize for winning the country's national museum contest. The Jewish museum re- ceived 40 percent of the popular vote in the online competition for the 2013 Mu- seum Prize, nearly doubling the second-place finisher, The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. More than 2,000 Israeli Facebook users clicked on the malicious link April 3; 14,500 users worldwide clicked on the link. Nearly 4,000 Israeli Facebook users also shared the link with their friends. It was unclear exactly what the link does besides replicat- ing itself on Facebook, accord- Bar Mitzvah x w e// e nl'a ln Z g_/Jn s Maxwell Benjamin Ihns, son of Joe and Barbara Ihns of Winter Springs, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a Iar mitzvah on Saturday, April 13,'2013 at Temple Israel in Winter Springs. Max is a seventh-grade student in the Pre-Inter- national Baccalaureate program and engineering magnet program at Mil- wee Middle School. Max participates in SECME ...... (engineering), student government, First Lego League (robotics), cross coun- try, track and field, and flag football, as well as Kadima. Among Max's passions is fishing, taking part in fishing and kayak-fishing tournaments as well as helping in river and ocean clean-ups. Max loves video games and taking care of the family's two dogs, Stella and Buddy, and cat, Alice. Sharing in the family's simcha are Max's brother, Sam; his grandmother, Paula Cohen of Longwood; and his aunt and uncle, Risa and Steven Attermann of Longwood, as well as family and friends from Florida, Pennsylvania and around the country. Some 29,000 people voted on the contest's website, ac- cording to a report Aprl 4 on Amsterdam's AT5 television station. Voters particularly liked the Jewish museum's database meant to help families trace their genealogies and recon- nect with lost membei, s. Jewish leaders urge Netan- yahu to work with Obama on peace WASHINGTON (JTA)-- More than 100 U.S. Jewish leaders urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make clear "Israel's readi- ness to make painful territorial sacrifices for the sake of peace." "We believe that this is a compelling moment for you and your new government to respond to President Obama's call for peace by taking con- crete confidence-building steps'designed to demonstrate Israel's commitment to a'two- states for two peoples' solution to the Israel-Palestinian con- flict," said the letter sent April 3 and organized by the Israel Policy Forum. "We urge you, in particular, to work closely with Secretary of State John Kerry to devise pragmatic initiatives, consistent with Israel's security needs, which would represent Israel's readi- ness to make painful territorial sacrifices for the sake of peace." The leaders left out af- filiations, speaking only for themselves, but some of those represented were significant for their leadership--includ- ing Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism--and for not usually being associated with pressing anlsraeli prime min- ister to advance peace talks. Vienna archbishop opposes recognizing Jewish, Muslim holidays (JTA)--The arc.hbishop of Vienna has advised Austria's government not to add Jewish and Muslim dates to the list of national holidays. "Both the Jewish and the Muslim community are not big enough in Austria that their holidays should be holidays for the entire population," Cardinal Christoph Schonborn said March 30 during a televi- sion interview for the ORF broadcaster. Schonborn said 80 percent of the country's populationwas Christian and mostly Catholic. The Islamic Religious Com- munity in Austria estimates the Muslim population in Austria at 400,000 to 500,000 in a country of about 8.5 mil- lion. About 15,000 Austrians are Jewish, according to the European Jewish Congress. Air France fined for kicking pro-Palestinian activist off flight to Israel (JTA)--A French court ordered Air "France to pay a $12,800 fine for ordering a non-Jewish pro-Palestinian activist off a flight to Tel Aviv. In its ruling April 4, the court in the Paris suburb of Bobigny also ordered the French flagship carrier to pay nearly $3,000 in damages to Horia Ankour, a nursing student, and her legal fees, the L'indgpendant dailyreported. Ankour, 30, had attempted to fly to Israel from France last April to take part in the Flytilla campaign, which saw hundreds of activists seek ac- cess to Israel in a bid to travel to the Palestinian territories. Europe's main airlines faced awave of passenger fury during the campaign after canceling some 300 tickets at Israel's request. An Air France spokesperson said the colnpany was acting in compliance with the Con- vention on International Civil Aviation, also known as the Chicago Convention, which requires airlines to refuse to fly passengers who are "declared inadmissible in the country of destination." Dutch researcher who ex- posed anti-Semitism hid out based on mayor's advice THE HAGUE (JTA)--A Dutch-Turkishresearcher who exposed anti-Semitism among Muslims went into hiding, fol- lcwing the advice of a Dutch mayor. Mehmet Sahin left his home for several days last month after being advised by Pauline Krikke, the mayor of the east- ern city of Arnhem, according to De Telegraaf daily. Sahin, a researcher at Am- sterdam's Vrije Universiteit, said he received death threats after a Dutch television show in February aired filmed in- terviews he conducted with Dutch-Turkish youths who . made anti-Semitic statements. Sequester cuts White House Jewish heritage reception WASHINGTON (JTA)--The White House will not hold a Jewish History Month event this year because of the se- quester. A White House official confirmed to JTA that the reception, which usually takes place toward the end of May, would not take place this year because of the congressionally mandated across-the-board budget cuts that kicked in last month. Congress passed legislation creating Jewish American Heritage Month in 2006, and President Obama hosted the first reception commemorat- ing the month in 2010. Jewish invitees'usually in- clude luminaries in the arts, sports and sciences, lawmak- ers, armed services personnel and the Israeli ambassador, as well as organizational leaders and political supporters of the president. Citing the sequester, Obama also has cutWhite House tours and his own salary by 5 percent. New York newborn contracts herpes from circumcision rite (JTA)--The parents of a Jew- ish newborn who reportedly contracted neonatal herpes following a controversial cir- cumcision rite did not sign the ' required consent form. According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the newborn is the second in three months to contract the virus due to metzitzah b'peh, in which the circumciser uses his mouth to draw blood from the baby's penis. The baby's parents did not sign the form advising that "direct oral suction should not be performed" because of the risk of contracting herpes, a recently required New York City health board regulation, and they have refused to identify the mohel, or ritual circumciser, who apparently is carrying the virus, The For- ward reported. Using oral suction to take blood from the area of the cir- cumcision wound is common in some of New York's haredi Orthodox communities. Nazi:looted art going back to heirs of N.Y. collector (JTA)Two artworks sold under duress during the Nazi occupation of Germany will be returned to the heirs of a New York art collector. The drawings are being re- turned to the estate of Michael Berolzheimer, who died in 1942 after escaping from Germany and ettling in suburban West- chester County, according to a statement from the office of Benjamin Lawsky, superinten- dent of financial services for the State of New York. Pink Floyd's Roger Waters pulls out of New York Y event NEW YORK (JTA)--Pink Floyd's Roger Waters,who sup ports the boycott movement against Israel, pulled out of a speaking engagement at the 92nd Street Y in New York. A Y spokeswoman told JTA that she had no information on why Waters would not appear as scheduled. ' Waters, the creative force behind the iconic band, is a vocal supporter of the Pales- tinians and has endorsed the boycott, sanctions and divest- ment campaign against Israel.