The controversial Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance received final approval from the Ministry of the Interior's District Planning and Construction Committee on Tuesday afternoon, meaning that work can begin on the site immediately. The building permit was awarded by the Interior Ministry, rather than the Jerusalem Municipality, due to the sensitivity of the site.
Palestinian leaders claim the site, opposite Independence Park, is an ancient Muslim cemetery from the twelfth century. The Center had previously completed the long approval process following a four-year legal battle over the controversial location. The Supreme Court eventually ruled in favor of the State of Israel, which gave the land to the museum. The site has sat empty for over a decade.