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Flotilla Probe Finds Mistakes
JERUSALEM (JTA) High-level military
officials made mistakes in their handling
of the Israeli interception of a Gaza-bound
flotilla, but there were "no failures:' an
Israeli military investigation found.
The official Defense Ministry internal
investigation report by a committee head-
ed by Maj.-Gen. (Res.) Giora Eiland, the
former head of Israel's National Security
Council, was handed over Monday to the
army's chief of staff and several high-
ranking officers.
The report focuses on the military's
preparations for the flotilla's arrival and
the carrying out of the interception on May
31. It reportedly states that preparation for
the interception was "flawed" and that the
battle guidelines issued to the commandoes
were equally flawed.
The committee also concluded that the
passengers on the deck of the Turkish-
flagged ship Mamara had begun the vio-
lence, which resulted in the death of nine
Turkish passengers. One of the dead was
Turkish American.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) began
preparing for the flotilla in February,
according to the report.
The investigative team reportedly used
Israeli Navy testimonies gathered following
the incident and was charged with deter-
mining "the outcomes and lessons learned
from the operation:' according to the IDF.
The members of the team included pro-
fessionals with expertise on the matter who
were not a part of the operational chain of
command during the incident.
A state panel of inquiry headed by
retired Israeli Supreme Court Justice Jacob
(Yaakov) Turkel was appointed last month
to conduct a separate investigation. The
commission, which includes two foreign
observers, has asked the government to
broaden its scope and powers.

Women Of The Wall
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The chairman of the
Women of the Wall was banned from the
Western Wall for 30 days after being arrest-
ed for holding a Torah scroll at the site.
Jerusalem police arrested Anat Hoffman
on Monday morning following the monthly
women's Rosh Chodesh prayer service. She
was taken in for questioning and held for
five hours before she was released, the orga-
nization said.
Women of the Wall said Hoffman was
ordered to stay away from the Kotel for the
next 30 days.
A Supreme Court ruling prohibits women
from reading the Torah at the wall; the
group said in a statement issued Monday
that she was just holding the scroll.
According to the organization's account,
Hoffman, holding the Torah scroll, was

leading about 150 women from the
women's section of the Western Wall in a
procession toward Robinson's Arch, where
they are permitted to use the Torah scroll.
Police tried to remove the Torah scroll from
Hoffman's arms and arrested her for not
praying according to the traditional cus-
toms of the Western Wall.
"The arrest of a woman on the first day
of the month of Av is a harsh reminder of
the price that Israeli society may pay for
its religious intolerance and fanaticism:'
Hoffman's group said in a statement.
Police have not commented on the case.

Israeli Tourism Strong
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Some 1.6 million
tourists visited Israel in the first half
of 2010, setting a record, the country's
Tourism Ministry.
The total represents a 39 percent increase
over the same period in 2009 and 10 per-
cent above 2008, Israel's previous record
year for tourism, according to a news
release from the ministry.
According to ministry estimates, the
income from tourism only, excluding air
travel, reached about $1.55 billion in the
first six months of this year.
Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov said
the increase in tourism "is the result of
massive investment in marketing activi-
ties around the world with significant
budgets, especially against the background
of the public diplomacy challenges that
Israel is facing."

Anne Frank's
-- A graphic novel ver-
sion of Anne Frank's
biography was released
in the Netherlands. The
160-page book, launched
last Friday, uses text and
illustrations to tell Anne's story and make
connections between her life and historical
events during the period.
According to Anne Frank House Museum
spokeswoman Annemarie Bekker, the
Amsterdam museum wants to use the book
to make Anne's story more available to
teenagers from age 14.
"Not everyone has read Anne Frank's
diary' she said in a statement to CNN. "The
mission of the museum is to make the life
story of Anne Frank accessible to as large
an audience as possible, especially the
younger generations."
The biography was written by Sid
Jacobson and illustrated by Ernest Colon,
both Americans. They also co-created
the best-selling graphic novel The 9/11
Commission Report.
Publisher Hill & Wang plans to release

the book in the United States later this
month and in Britain in the fall, with trans-
lations in German, Italian and French also
Bekker said the museum plans to include
the book in classroom teaching materials.
Two previously published fictional comic
books were successful in schools in the
Anne Frank's family was forced into
hiding by the Nazis when she was 13. She
wrote her diary during the two years they
spent in a concealed apartment, until they
were arrested. She and her sister eventually
were sent to Bergen-Belsen in Germany,
where they both died. A trusted friend
salvaged the diary and gave it to Anne's
father, Otto, the only surviving member of
the family.

Nanny's Israeli Citizenship
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Indian nanny
who spirited the son of the Mumbai
Chabad house directors out of the build-
ing during a terrorist attack has begun the
citizenship process in Israel. Israeli Interior
Minister Eli Yishai awarded Sandra Samuel
temporary residential status on Sunday, the
first step toward permanent citizenship.
Samuel received a work permit when she
arrived in Israel 11/2 years ago to care for
Moshe Holtzberg, then 2, who lost both of
his parents in the Mumbai attacks. Rabbi
Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg were killed in
the Chabad House along with four visitors
in the November 2008 attacks on several
Mumbai sites, including luxury hotels, a
train station and a popular cafe. More than
170 people were killed in the attacks.
"She risked her life in order to save Jews
and we are obligated to take care of her:"
Yishai said, according to Ynet. "The family
has impressed upon me that she is vital
to the continuing rehabilitation process
following the terrible disaster they have

Jerusalem Best City
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Jerusalem was voted
the No. 1 Best City in Africa and Tel Aviv No.
3 by the readers of Travel+ Leisure maga-
Jerusalem reached the top spot for the
first time since 2000. Tel Aviv, which was
behind Cape Town, South Africa, made it to
the top three for the first time.
The results are published annually in the
magazine's August issue.
"We are thrilled by this result because
it underscores the growing realization by
sophisticated travelers that our two main
cities are unique and extraordinary places
to visit;' said Arie Sommer, Israel's tour-
ism commissioner for North and South

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