Palestinians turn to UN on J'lem museum

Rights groups oppose building tolerance museum on top of Muslim cemetery.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 10, 2010 20:33
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The cordoned off construction site of a museum ded

Tolerance Museum site Jerusalem 311. (photo credit: AP)

Palestinian and international human rights activists have petitioned the United Nations to stop the construction of a new Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem, on what is claimed to be the site of an ancient Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem.

She 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.

The Wiesenthal Center, which is building the museum, says the graves would not be affected as construction will occur on a site that already contains a parking lot.

JTA contributed to this report


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