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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.
told reporters in Geneva on Wednesday that campaigners are now turning
to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for help.
Campaigners say the planned Museum of Tolerance would disturb centuries-old graves and desecrate the cemetery.
Rania Madi of the Palestinian group BADIL says activists have exhausted their efforts in Israeli courts.
In 2004, Palestinian and Israeli advocacy groups filed a petition against the planned construction. The Supreme Court considered the legal arguments for nearly four years, finally giving the go-ahead in 2009 to the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Any response from the UN's top rights official would be symbolic and not legally binding.
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
JTA contributed to this report