GENEVA — Palestinian and international human rights
activists have petitioned the United Nations to stop the construction
of a museum on top of a Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem.
Campaigners say the planned Museum of Tolerance would disturb centuries-old graves.
Rania Madi of the Palestinian group BADIL says activists have exhausted their efforts in Israeli courts.
told reporters in Geneva on Wednesday that campaigners are now turning
to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for help.
Any response from the UN's top rights official would be symbolic and not legally binding.
Simon Wiesenthal Center is building the museum and says graves won't be
affected as construction will occur on a site that already contains a
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